Teen & Twenty – Greg Southerden

Greg Southerden

Our March Teen & Twenty personality is 19 year old Greg Southerden of Mermaid Street. Greg, who was born at Broom Hill, Camber, has covered more ground than most nineteen year olds. Educated at Rye Primary, Rye County Secondary, Rye Grammar and the Thomas Peacocke, a distinction shared with very few others, resulted in him having a very comprehensive school life. His education was not completed in Rye, he emigrated with his family to Perth, Australia when he was 14 and completed his scholastic life at Swanbourne Senior High, passing seven ‘0’ and four ‘A’ level exams. He won a first class scholarship to University, but this avenue was closed to him when the family decided to return to Rye in April, 1972.


Greg Southerden - Goalkeeper for Rye Athletic
Greg Southerden – Goalkeeper for Rye Athletic

During the three years he spent in Australia, Greg was very active in sport. Surfing, Swimming, Tennis and Basketball and Soccer for the school teams. Greg was captain of the football team during his last season and won a trophy for being the “Fairest and Best Player”. He had one rather unusual summer holiday job, as. a “washer up” in a Strip Club. Since returning to Rye, Greg Southerden has made quite a mark in local club and community activities. He plays in Goal for Rye Athletic Second Eleven and is a member of the Community Centre Committee.

•    Greg starts a seven year course training as an Architect at Brighton Polytechnic in September and hopes to become a member of the R.I.B.A. In the interim he is filling in his time with odd jobs and is at present caretaker at the Community Centre.

From the March 1973 issue of “Rye’s Own”

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