There is a new chapter now, as the call has gone out to raise community shares for the pier. This is an open offer, allowing people to invest co-operatively in the renewal and participate in the future life of the pier.
They have raised 20% of the share capital they need, which is a brilliant start.
One person who has contributed is Chris. He worked on the pier itself many years ago, calling bingo numbers.
He also had his first kiss beside it – what in a poem he sent in, he called “winter-cold salty kisses huddled up on the shingle, under the shelter of wood and iron.” A lot more went on for others under the pier, he added as a comment to me, but without elaborating.
Meanwhile, the Kings Arms in Shouldham has raised all the member investment it needs, with the backing of Stephen Fry, to save a very special community pub. Success.
Co-operatives are in the news at the moment, but meanwhile six thousand co-ops across the UK help people to come together.