YESTERDAY’S Timeout reflected on trade union activists and leaders, and today’s photos follow suit.

Lord Cohen, born Lewis Cohen in 1897, was a socialist and a Labour politician.

He is pictured here with Hilda Tilleman, chairwoman of the Brighton, Hove and District branch of the trade union.

Lord Cohen was elected as a Labour councillor and then later mayor to Brighton Borough Council, working in local politics for 30 years.

He was popular with councillors from all parties and had a big impact on the city’s development.

Together with Conservative councillor Howard Johnson he supported a local housing association.

He became the head of the Brighton Equitable Building Society, turning it into a major, profitable business.

He became a lord after being raised to the peerage in May 1965.

He died suddenly from leukaemia in 1966, with a local Labour councillor saying: “He was a giant life in Brighton.”

He was known as Mr Brighton, and was the driving force behind the Brighton Festival which started a year after his death.

He also developed properties in Brighton to provide affordable housing and the mortgages to buy them.

Also pictured here is Brighton Centre on the day of the trade union conference in 1984, and the Lancing Carriage Works joint trade union committee in 1963.