Some of the names certainly ring bells- I can`t remember exactly all of them now, I was at The Grove 1961-66, deBeaumont was my form teacher until the fifth year, I believe he passed away only a year or two ago, Barlow and Carter from thence on.
I keep in contact with Chris and Martin Ellis, who still reside in the locality and guess we shall meet up at the EA Transport Museum for the working public debut of the Hastings Trolleybus in Sept.
Interesting that your Grandfather worked on the T.Bus overhead as an electrician- the Hastings T B system was unique ( except for a short extension added just after the war from The Vic pub to the turning circle at the top of Battle Rd), along with Rotherham if I remember right, in as much the spacing between the positive and negative running wires was eighteen inches, whereas the other systems were two foot. Also the current supplied was five hundred volts dc, the rest six hundred.
It`s interesting to think had Hastings Corporation taken up their right to purchase the undertaking in 1955 or so which they almost did, how long the system would have lasted given the high standard of upkeep- my guess is given that Maidstone Corporation went on to 1967, Bournemouth`68, well into the mid sixties. There were plans to wire up both Hollington and Bromesgrove Estates, and an extension to Bexhill Rd. from Silverhill via Filsham/Pevensey ? Rd.
Once M & D took over the undertaking in Sept. `57 the die was cast - it was an operating anomaly as far as the bigger picture and they were concerned - the original intention was to replace them in the summer of `58 but delays in delivery of the diesel replacements meant they lasted until May/June `59.
I attended the Grove reunion at the school some years ago, met up with Bernard and Greg ?East , I believe the third East brother emigrated to Canada. Shame it`s all demolished now.