The pair spoke at a civic reception for Albion's promotion-winning squad.
The mayor Brighton & Hove, Pete West, praised the contribution made to the city by everyone connected with Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of today’s promotion parade along the seafront.
Speaking at a civic reception for Albion’s promotion-winning squad, the mayor beamed with pride as he looked ahead to a day of celebration within the city.
He said, “I was eight years old when I first set foot on the terraces of the North Stand. It is absolutely fantastic to see so many Brighton fans in blue and white supporting the team year on year.
“People are passionate about Brighton and we are here to celebrate this passion and say thank you for the fantastic contribution that the club, players and supporters make to Brighton and Hove.
Albion chairman Tony Bloom thanked the mayor for his kind words and invitation, before congratulating a number of parties involved in the club’s promotion to the top flight of English football.
“I'd like to thank the mayor for inviting us to this civic reception to celebrate our promotion to the Premier League.
“It's a great honour to be invited here and we are very grateful for the celebration, that allows us to celebrate with our fans and the city along the seafront later today.
“A lot of people have travelled a long way to be with us today and a special mention goes to all those that are here today that have made the long trip from Las Vegas, Nevada!
“On behalf of all the directors and guests today, a huge congratulations to the players, Chris Hughton, his staff, and all of the staff at the club.”