A celebration of a renowned artist's life will take place 80 years after he invited the town into his home.

In 1938, Walter Spradbery and his wife Dorothy held an open air social’ with stalls, sideshows, donkey rides, traditional dances and art displays.

Eight decades later Epping Forest District Council’s museums, heritage and culture team and St John’s C of E Primary School, Buckhurst Hill are hosting an event to celebrate the life and work of a man who found fame designing posters for London Transport.

At the heart of the celebrations will be a specially choreographed performance by Flux Dance Collective, which has been working with pupils from the school to create a piece inspired by Spradbery.

A historical interpreter will play the role of Walter Spradbery, leading tours into the wilderness to visit the site where the house once stood.

The day will end with an upbeat performance by Impropera, the world’s only improvised Opera Company.

Buckhurst Hill Community Association will have an art display and there will be a small exhibition about the artist.

He lived next door to St John’s C of E Primary School from 1929 to 1969 in a house known as The Wilderness.

This event is part of a programme of activities for the ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition, at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey; on display December 22,2018.

For more information visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

The day is free of charge at the primary school from 3pm to 7pm on September 29.