Pink Floyd star’s car collection a draw as he opens home for charity

This Is Wiltshire: Visitors admire Nick Mason’s Maclaren car at Middlewick House Visitors admire Nick Mason’s Maclaren car at Middlewick House

The classic car collection of Nick Mason was the main attraction when the Pink Floyd drummer opened the gates to his Corsham home.

More than 2,500 people toured the gardens at Middle-wick House as part of a charity weekend supporting the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Chippenham’s Spring-board Opportunity Group.

Last year, Mr Mason and wife Annette showed the Duchess of Cornwall around the 18th century estate, where she had lived with her first husband.

This year the contents of the petrolhead’s garage drew the crowds.

Saturday also saw a silent celebrity cake auction, where cakes made by stars including Paul Hollywood, Ronni Ancona and Willie Carson were sold to bidders.

Jennie Shaw, director of the Bobby Van Trust, helped organise the event.

She said: “Without a doubt we beat last year, and that was phenomenal, we raised about £12,500.

“We had more than 2,500 people through the door and the cake auction was a big success. The Marquess of Lansdowne’s angel cake with chocolate frosting made the most money on the day.”

Visitors on the Sunday were greeted by the Corsham Windband, as they explored the estate’s manicured gardens and managed woodland.

Ms Shaw said: “I want to thank Nick for opening up his house and gardens again, and we have our fingers crossed he will repeat it soon.”

Jane Boulton, from the Springboard Opportunity Group, said: “The generous support of Nick and Annette Mason was an incredibly kind gesture, and second to that we have been blessed in our union with the Bobby Van Trust.”

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