TV PUPPETS, puppeteers and puppet makers are set to take part in a nostalgic display of memories of children’s television spanning the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The event hopes to draw on the childhood experiences of its visitors, showcasing much loved, iconic puppets and puppeteers from years gone by with some very special guests.

Ronnie Le Drew, better known as Zippy from the Rainbow Series, and Sweep from the Sooty Show, will be in attendance on the day.

Ronnie has worked on several iconic films, such as Labyrinth with David Bowie, The Little Shop of Horrors, and The Muppets Christmas Carol.

He will be giving an illustrated talk about his career and introduce several of his iconic puppets, including Zippy, Sooty, Sweep and many more.

Mary Turner, the lead puppet operator and sculptor from Thunderbirds will give a talk about her career, as well as engage with visitors in some puppet workshops.

She will show off some of her iconic puppets including Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds.

The event has been put on by puppet expert and enthusiast Graham Farley. All proceeds from the show will go to Headway Essex, a brain injury charity.

David Tennant, from Doctor Who, is Headway Essex’s patron.

He said he was pleased to support the event and has donated signed audio episodes, as well as a DVD from his time as Doctor Who.

On the event, David said: “I’m passionate about the work of Headway Essex.

"Preparing for the film, Recovery, offered me a first-hand insight into the charity’s work with local people adjusting to life after a brain injury.

“I wish this intriguing event every success.  Just like with my time on the Doctor Who set, anyone attending this event will come face to face with a Dalek, so please do support the event.”

The Puppet Fest will be held at the MICA Centre in Mersea on Sunday October 30, from 11am to 4pm. All proceeds will be donated to Headway Essex.

Tickets are available directly from the MICA Centre or at