The man responsible for illuminating a London landmark is bringing Diwali to Chigwell.

In October last year the London Eye was switched from its usual block colour to a riot of purples, greens, blues and reds in what was a first for the capital.

Dubbed Light Up London, the spectacle marked the Hindu festival of Diwali which spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

The co-chairman of the committee responsible for the stunt was Ravi Bhanot, who lives on the High Road in Chigwell.

He said: "Light Up London was the biggest Diwali celebration outside of India.

"35,000 people came to the event."

While capable of operating on a large scale, the yoga instructor and natural herbs salesman is now looking to organise a smaller Diwali celebration.

In conjunction with Chigwell Parish Council. Mr Bhanot will light up Station Green for several weeks from November 4 this year.

He added: "We thought it would be nice to organise an inclusive event in Chigwell so we get people from all faiths together to celebrate the Festival of Light.

"It is supposed to be a time when we praise good over evil and think about all of the positive things you want to do in your community.

"It is an occasion which is celebrating by Hindus, Jains and some Buddhists for different reasons, but really it is about encouraging love between people who sometimes do not even know the names of their own neighbours."