Collieston’s increasing popularity with visitors,
families continued to move away to seek a better and
easier living in Aberdeen. If anything, this was hastened
by several seasons of poor fishings.
During the same year in Collieston, the women of the
village decided that they had had quite enough of
the large number of drunkards who gathered every Sunday
to imbibe in the public bar at The Whiteness Hotel.
At their instigation the village voted itself “dry”
and the hotel closed in June. Apart from the off-licence
at the Post Office, it has remained so ever since.
When World War 1 broke out, most able-bodied men volunteered
for military service. The immediate impact on the
village was to limit fishing to a handful of old men
and young boys.
Many men did not return when the war finally ended
in 1919. Without enough men to crew commercially viable
boats the village could no longer function as a self-sustaining