Music lovers have snapped up tickets for the popular Garden Gate Project annual fundraiser

Tickets for the Garden Gate Music Day have sold out

The fourth annual fundraiser at Margate’s Garden Gate Project will welcome hundreds of guests after tickets sold out in less than four weeks.

This Saturday the project, based at Northdown Park, will hold its Music Day with a plethora of bands, DJs, food – including the famous Garden Gate wood-fired pizza – and drink.

Garden Gate manager Paul Boyce said: “It’s a community event and is our biggest individual fundraiser event on the calendar.

“I’ve always enjoyed music and we have a really good place to be able to put something like this on. The bands and DJs are all local and there’s some good ones, including DJ Brian Tuitt (of Bad Manners fame).

“Another act, Charlie Don’t Surf, is a great supporter of what we do and they’re playing for the second successive year.”

Last year’s event raised over £5,000, going towards the £60,000-plus a year costs of the project which has nine part-time staff and a number of volunteers.

Some 450 people are expected Saturday for the sell-out event which this year will be offering beers donated by Eddie Gadd of Gadds Brewery.

Paul said: “This event is run for the community, by the community and is a big social occasion.”

The Garden Gate Project is a community-based mental health charity which caters for people with learning disabilities and mental ill health. It holds a variety of sessions for members, and the public, including regular plant sales.

It was withdrawn from Thanet council’s asset disposal list in April with talks taking place to secure long-term options for the site, including a possible transfer of the freehold.

Follow the project on its facebook page or visit the website

 Report by Peter Mann