An artist is set to take his work on the road in a campervan just 16 months after suffering a debilitating stroke.

Chris Jiggins, of Head Street, Halstead, has taken another big step in his recovery by passing a driving examination and is now awaiting his licence before he gets back on the roads.

Mr Jiggins, 41, suffered a severe stroke in February 2017 which left him with little movement in the right side of his body.

During his rehabilitation Mr Jiggins took up painting and crafts after he was left unable to return to his previous job as a window fitter.

His hard work and determination to recover have paid off and having now been given the all clear to drive again, he is taking his new art career to the next level by going on a tour of East Anglia to showcase his work.

He said: “It’s something I have been working towards for a while and always wanted to get it set up.

“I’ve now got a list of summer shows lined up where I can display my work and sell it.

“Passing my driving was the final bit to get over in many ways because it will allow me to me a lot more mobile. It’s nice to know you’re safe to drive again, especially as I didn’t know if I would ever do it again.”

Mr Jiggins says art, which has been a lifelong hobby of his, has played a big part in his recovery.

He will now take his best work on a tour of East Anglia in a campervan, previously used for family holidays with partner Natalie Creevy and young son Parker.

He added: “Once everything is set up its going to look really good.

“It makes such a difference each morning, waking up knowing you are doing something you really want to do.

“I still have niggles here and there but a positive outlook has been the key. It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come and I just can’t wait to get started.”

The first stop on Mr Jiggins tour will be the Colne Engine Summer Festival on Saturday, June 2.

He plans to attend further summer events in Maldon, Long Melford and Cressing.

For more information on his artwork, visit