A furious letter, one of many that were printed, in the local press stated ”Once again the mighty (but unseen) moth of the bogs of Dersingham strikes fear into the residents along this part of the coast.”
Letters of protest flooded into the Minister and a local paper of the time, The Citizen, lead the campaign with editorials and angry headlines.
The Dersingham Youth Club sent in a petition demanding the “go-ahead” be given as they considered “ the safety of people to be more important than the saving of a few moths”
Henry Bellingham M.P. had a meeting with Mr. Ridley and made it clear that further delays would cause considerable hardship to the residents of the area.
Local councillors Ian Stockwell, Roy Hipkin and George Pratt objected rigorously. The villagers organised a protest march from the village along the main road to the picnic site which stopped all the traffic. Banners and placards were waved.