ROCK legend Nick Mason was spotted tapping his foot as Corsham Wind Band played a medley of Pink Floyd classics when he opened his garden to raise money for charity.

The drummer was also able to show off his classic car collection as he threw open the gates to Middlewick House, Corsham at the weekend.

The annual event, now in its third year, saw thousands visit the home Mr Mason shares with his actress wife Annette.

More than 2,500 people toured the grounds, raising nearly £15,000 for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Youth Action Wiltshire.

Over the two-day event, there was plenty for guests to explore, with six different garden areas plus a couple of paddocks with horses among the buttercups, two riding arenas, a football pitch, a tennis court and a woodland area.

The grounds also allowed car-lover Mr Mason to show off his selection of 40 classic cars which included a Bentley, a Ferrari GTi and an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.

Hamish Mackie, one of the country’s leading sculptors, greeted visitors with a variety of his pieces including a life-size Andalusian horse.

Jennie Shaw, director of the Bobby Van Trust said she was delighted at the record turnout. “TI certainly would say that the Middlewick Open Gardens weekend is one of the most memorable events I organise for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and that sharing the event this year with the Youth Action Wiltshire Team and the young carers made it particularly special. It takes a lot of volunteers to make the event a success it is and I will always remain grateful to them.

“One of the many highlights for me was watching Nick tapping his foot when the Corsham Wind band played an excellent medley of Pink Floyd songs.”

Middlewick House, formerly the home of HRH Duchess of Cornwall was bought by the Masons and his wife Annette in 1995.

Ms Shaw added: “Nick and Annette Mason are extraordinarily generous in welcoming visitors to their home, and by giving us all the opportunity to view some of Nick’s high performance cars and classic cars whilst raising vital funds for two very special local charities.”