Writer, actor and TV presenter Gyles Brandreth will be performing a one-off matinee in Broadstairs next month to help raise funds for the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation.
The entertainer and former MP brings his one man show Can’t Stop Talking to the Sarah Thorne Theatre on July 8.
The funds go towards the preservation of the late Sir Edward Heath’s home in Salisbury which is one of just two former Prime Minster homes open to the public with the other being Sir Winston Churchill’s at Chartwell.
It is hoped the show will be the first of a series of annual events in Broadstairs, combining a literary festival with theatrical performances, to mark Ted Heath’s strong connection with the town.
Michael McManus, who is a trustee of the foundation and was the former PM’s political secretary for five years, said: “This is the first time the foundation has done something in Broadstairs, where Ted Heath was born and grew up. We hope to do something more ambitious in the town next year. It is important for the foundation to establish a presence in Broadstairs”
Funding raised is used to upkeep the Salisbury home Arundells to ensure it remains accessible to the public but the foundation is keen to strengthen the links to Broadstairs.
Find more about the house at https://arundells.org/
Ted Heath was born in Broadstairs in July 1916 and was a student at Chatham House Grammar School in Ramsgate and later a member of Broadstairs Sailing Club. He was Prime Minister from 1970-1974. He died, aged 89, in July 2005.
The Gyles Brandreth performance takes place on July 8 from 3pm. Tickets are £25.