the mid 1950s, the Pier was in a very sad state of repair.
Ritchie (from an old Collieston family and formerly Vice
Chairman of the Port of London Authority, then retired
proposed the formation of a Collieston Amenities Committee.
Formed in 1957, its purpose would be to attempt to raise
funds for the maintenance of the Pier and the unique
system of roadies or paths that run throughout the village.
The first Gala Day to raise money for this conservation
task was held in 1958. The Pier was repaired and Gala
has been a feature of village life every summer since.At
the close of the decade, Prime Minister Harold MacMillan
was able to pronounce that the country had never had it
so good. In Collieston this was reflected by the renovation
of a number of cottages as holiday homes, often by people
with family ties to the village.