LONG-SERVING councillors Carol and Geoffrey Theobald have done more than their bit for Brighton and Hove.

The pair have put in many years of civic service and are still on duty today.

Here we show some pictures from their earlier days when they were considered the council’s “golden couple”, not least because of Carol’s role as a beauty queen.

She won 47 regional and national beauty pageants in her teens and early twenties, including Miss Brighton, before becoming mayoress when her husband was mayor and then mayor of Brighton herself.

Our picture far left shows her with her Miss Brighton sash. She won the title twice.

She was also an Evening Argus girl in the late 1960s.

Above is a picture of her posing for an advert for Players No 6 cigarettes.

Her sash is emblazoned Miss Players No 6. The cigarettes were launched in 1965 but we are not sure of the exact year this was taken – perhaps some of our readers can help.

Carol said her proudest achievement was being elected to Brighton and Hove Council for Patcham ward where she was born and then becoming mayor.

She said she was “fortunate” to win all those beauty titles and was also proud of being employed by Eric Morley, organiser of the Miss World contest, to work on the QE2.

Our main picture shows her with husband Geoffrey on the Brighton Marina Lifeboat in 1983, when he was mayor and she was mayoress.

Do you recognise the RNLI team on board with them or do you know what the occasion was?

We also have a picture of the couple in their mayoral chains in 1982. Again, we are not sure what the event was and would love to hear from readers who know.

Finally we have a picture of Geoffrey Theobald in the mayor’s chamber in the 1980s with a young lad called Russell Turner.

Russell was being “mayor for a day”. Does this tradition live on?