MILLPORT Golf Club is to host a celebrity golf tournament this summer in memory of much-moved member and Celtic legend Frank McGarvey.

The former footballer had a long running affinity with the venue - and loved the island and club so much he often missed the last ferry home after spending the evening there.

McGarvey, who won seven caps for Scotland, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and passed away aged 66.

He was a regular visitor to the Isle of Cumbrae and a long standing supporter of the golf club.

Vice Captain John McGarrity said: "We are delighted to announce to members this week will be hosting a memorial golf day for Frank McGarvey.

"Frank was a loyal visitor over many years, both as a member and someone who enjoyed bringing friends and family over to play the course.

"He loved Millport and visiting the clubhouse with his golfing buddies.

"His son Scott has been in touch with the committee about running this new event, and it is hoped that the day will be able to make a big contribution to cancer charities in Frank's memory."

John says it is hoped that this will be the first in a biennial fundraiser.

He added: "The date is Saturday August 12.

"We are delighted to be hosting it - Frank was a member for a number of years and well known a lot of people.

"It is going to be a combination of McGarvey family and football professional connections and the press.

"We can have 72 people playing golf on the greens at any one time and 120 in the clubhouse maximum."

Although they are hosting the event, the tournament itself will be run by the family and it is expected they will bring football stars past and present to the island to tee up.

John added: "We have been told that we don't need to market it as the interest level in the event is going to be high.

"It is a great honour for Millport Golf Club to have been chosen by Frank's family. It shows you how much the island meant to him."