It's one thing to be famous but having a bus named after you is another matter entirely.

More notable well known people with connections to Brighton and Hove will be commemorated later this month as 18 brand new double deckers take to the city streets emblazoned with some instantly recognisable names.

Brighton and Hove Bus Company now have more than 170 named buses which have been introduced over the last eight years as new buses have entered the fleet.

The names chosen have all come from suggestions sent in by local people.

The latest names chosen represent a variety of backgrounds including two renowned painters, a composer, a King, one of the country's best known engineers, an actor, a doctor, an Olympic winning policeman, a campaigner, a local government officer, a philanthropist, an educationalist, a comedy double act, two entertainers, a vicar and a busman.

The Olympic policeman is George Larner whose day job was pounding the beat in Brighton yet he won two gold medals in the 1908 summer games which were held in London.

One of these was for the ten mile walk in a world best time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and 57.4 seconds and the other was for the 3,500 metre walk.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, voted the second greatest Briton of all time in a recent poll, also gets a bus named after him.

His little known connection with the area is that he went to school in Hove Street, Hove.

Another renowned new bus name is painter John Constable who lived in Russell Square, Brighton in the 1820s and painted the Chain Pier and West Blatchington windmill as well as many local seascapes.

Bus company managing director Roger French said: "Our latest brand new buses represent an investment of more than £3 million and will be the most environmentally friendly buses in the city with up to date low-emission engines.

"I am sure the people who will be adorning the front of each bus would be very proud at being displayed on such a modern and green bus.

"We are very grateful to all the members of the public who keep us regularly supplied with names for future consideration. We currently have around a hundred pending but are always interested in receiving more suggestions."

The latest names to be honoured on the buses

  • Vanessa Bell, the sister of author Virginia Woolf, was in the Bloomsbury group of artists. In 1912 the sisters shared a house in Beddingham. Vanessa later moved to Charleston, near Firle.
  • Havergal Brian was one of Britain's most prolific composers. He lived at Hillside in Moulsecoomb before moving to Shoreham, where he died aged 96 in 1972.
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The celebrated engineer attended Dr Morell's Academy in Hove between 1816 and 1820.
  • John Constable lived in Russell Square, Brighton, for about four years from 1824. He painted the Chain Pier and seascapes but did not like Brighton much, calling it Piccadilly by the seaside. KING EDWARD VII was a frequent visitor to Brighton. The seaside climate was thought to be good for his health. He often stayed with his daughter, the Duchess of Fife at Lewes Crescent in Kemp Town.
  • Ray Evison was a Brighton Council chief officer appointed after the Second World War. He was in charge of the town's parks.
  • Elisabeth Howard was born in Seaford and moved to Lewes in the Seventies. She led a campaign to save the Old Needlemakers' building.
  • Jack Howe ran a talent show for children at Peter Pan's Playground in Madeira Drive, Kemp Town.
  • Dr William King became the consultant physician at the Sussex County Hospital in 1841 and helped lead the co-operative movement.
  • George Larner was a Brighton policeman who won two gold medals in the 1908 summer Olympic Games, held in London.
  • Sir George Lewis bought the Grange in Rottingdean, once a vicarage, from Sir William Nicholson.
  • Samuel Lewis was born in 1838 to a poor family but by the time he died in 1901, he was worth £2.6 million. He supported many hospitals including a convalescent hospital at Black Rock, Brighton, and the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
  • Terence Morgan lived in Brighton and Hove for almost 50 years. He ran a hotel in Hove and became president of the hotels, restaurants and guest houses association. He was a founder of the project to restore the Dome and a director of Brighton Festival. He died in 2005.
  • Chris Moyes was instrumental in Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company's success following Go-Ahead's purchase of the company in 1993. He died last year aged 57.
  • Donald Peers was one of Britain's most popular entertainers in the Fifties with his rich tenor voice. He lived for many years in St John's Road, Hove, and died in a Brighton nursing home in 1973.
  • The Rev Frederick Roberston, one of the most famous Anglican preachers of the 19th century, preached at Holy Trinity Church in Ship Street, Brighton.
  • Dr William Stone, director of education for Brighton at a time of great change, was instrumental in forming both Sussex's universities.
  • Elsie and Doris Waters were perhaps the most successful female comic double act after the war. They later moved to Steyning.

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