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Simply the best - family tribute to Cliff Greener

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A grieving daughter paid tribute to the father she lost by sending him off in style - touring around Bexhill in a motorcycle hearse which paraded past his favourite haunts.

Clifford Greener, a former Speedway rider, passed away suddenly on Good Friday at the age of 83. His daughter Julia Tilling was the one who found him at home in Helensborough Court in Sea Road.

She wanted to give him the perfect send-off so on Thursday the motorbike hearse set off on its trip taking in places such as the RAFA club and The Harp in Devonshire Road where Cliff used to have a regular drink.

Cliff was born in Glasgow in 1931, and had a younger sister and twin brothers, but lived most of his life in West Sussex before moving to Bexhill approximately six years ago.

Julia was brought up in Ashington with her older sister Sue who died in a car crash in 1978 at the age of 20.

Cliff had become interested in Speedway in his teens and first rode at Exeter, having moved down to Plymouth as a child. In 1954 he joined Charlie Dugard at Arlington and competed with the Eastbourne Eagles. He stayed involved with the sport long after he hung up his leathers, remembers Julia, who said: “As a family we frequented the Speedway meets for many years, still going up last year with my dad and his grandkids. and now his great grandkids.

“I was so proud of him, and we had such a good life with him. It seemed fitting to do this for him.”

She described her father as “very friendly and very sociable, such a lovely man. I can’t fault him in any way.

“He had his routine and every day would go out and have a little tipple at one of his favourite places. There were people standing in the rain outside The Harp when we went past, and they raised their glasses to him.

“He was simply the best.”

 

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