An innaugraul golf tournament is set to take place in memory of a son and husband who tragically died of cancer aged 45.

Today marks a year since the death of Jamie Messenger, a former resident of Sible Hedingham whose passion for golf has seen close friends arrange a tournament in his memory.

More than 18 teams have signed up to the tournament which will take place at Essex Golf and Country Club in Earls Colne.

A trophy made in honour of Mr Messenger, who twice battled cancer, has also been created and will be presented to the winning team at the end of the day’s play.

His mum Irene, who lives in New Park, Castle Hedingham says she has been overwhelmed by the gesture made in honour of her son.

She said: “I think it’s a wonderful thing they are doing. They really are lovely people and I know Jamie would have really liked it.

“I am so very proud to think my dear son will be honoured in this very fitting way.

“Jamie loved his golf and was a member of the club for several years. I think this is definitely something he would loved to have won and been involved with.

“They are hoping to run the tournament every year and it is the same time as the Masters so they are hoping it will be quite busy.”

The friends organising the event have set up a Facebook page for the Jamie Messenger Memorial Golf Day.

In a statement, they said: “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we lost Jamie.

“It would be great if we could run a day in Jamie’s memory, get together, share some memories and pretend it’s all about the taking part when really all we want to do is win (true Jamie style).

“The day will be relaxed, informal but very competitive just as he’d like it. Let’s make this a day to remember for someone that truly was a one off.”

The tournament takes place today, starting at 9.30am.