Crowds gathered for the Ravensgate Arms opening night tribute to Paul Butters

Photo Chris Constantine

A raffle raising money for mental health charity Mind in memory of Ramsgate musician Paul Butters has been extended to run until Monday.

The fundraiser launched last night (August 31) at the pop-up opening of The Ravensgate Arms in Ramsgate.

Pub boss Roger Bell dedicated the night to former Ravensgate employee Paul Butters, who sadly died on Sunday.

Paul’s portrait by artist and friend Dean Samed

The 37-year-old was the father of teenager Taiyah Peebles who tragically died last month on the rail line at Herne Bay station.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Paul was a gifted artist and musician. The former Chatham House student was well-known for being a part of local bands and for his brilliant art work.

Photo Chris Constantine

The King Street pub, which closed in May after the licence was revoked, has now reopened under original landlord Roger, joined by Eddie Gadd and Kiki Case, for the weekend before the ‘proper’ opening around September 15.

Doors will be open tonight and all day tomorrow (September 2). The raffle tickets will also be sold at other Ramsgate venues including the Queen Charlotte pub in Addington Street, the Harbour Bar in Harbour Street and the Ramsgate Music Hall in Turner Street.

The draw will take place on Monday at 1pm at the Vinyl Head Cafe in Addington Street.

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The’fundraiser, organised by Karen Constantine, has gained support with donations coming from businesses and people across the isle.

Karen said: ” We’ve had extremely generous donors and people are digging deep to show their love and regards for Paul.”

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Donations include a reflexology massage from Georgia Brown, meals for two at Wyatt and Jones, Churchill’s, Roost, The Royal Harbour Brasserie, flowers, glass art work, wine, spirits and beer, a pair of tickets for Ramsgate Music Hall, Rod Arthur’s Ukulele a £50 Haeckles voucher, art and photos.

Contact Karen on [email protected] or message her on facebook for details.