Almost 1,000 people have signed a petition in support of a campsite on The Lizard to win back its licence to hold live music events during the summer, including the popular Little Big Gig.

Henry’s Campsite had its licence request turned down by Cornwall Council after the authority received a number of letters of objection, which included allegations of public nuisance and noise until the early hours.

They included concerns from Jane Grierson, who runs a B&B in the village, who wrote: “The middle of a small, rural and otherwise quiet and peaceful village is not, and never will be, a suitable place to hold music events, no matter how many conditions a licence imposes.”

She went on to claim that during one event there had even been a couple “copulating” on the village green.

However, hundreds of people have since spoken out in support of campsite owner Ron Lyne and the live music he puts on - in particular the three-day Little Big Gig each September – even including another guest house owner.

Writing on social media Linda Cross said: “Full support from The Caerthillian. It's a shame a few ‘other bed and breakfasts’ can't do the same, as this event brings revenue in to our village, which supports our community. If you don't like the noise shut up shop and take a three-day holiday.”

Close neighbours to the campsite also back it having an entertainment licence.

Jenna Legge, who is among the closest neighbours of the site, is also in support of the campsite, saying: “I am so upset for Ron and all the family. We live 50 yards from the campsite, one of their closest neighbours, and can only see positives for their music.”

By this afternoon 993 people had signed a petition created by Lizard resident Hayley White, with the figure rising every hour, calling for Cornwall Council to reinstate the licence.

The petition, at, says: “Allow them to continue their service to our rural community in organising live music and events including the Little Big Gig.

“The Little Big Gig among the other events staged by Henry’s Campsite boost tourism for the village. Far from being detrimental, they are a draw card for the other local businesses.

“The Little Big Gig itself is held in late September, out of high season and provides a welcome influx of visitors before a long winter.

“This is an extremely rural community and events such as these are key in keeping us close knit. The village socialises together, bonds are formed and the village thrives.”

Campsite owner Ron Lyne has publicly thanked everyone who has sent message of support following the licensing meeting.

He pointed out that this licence would have been for the music evenings hosted once or twice a week during the summer months and busy periods, rather than the Little Big Gig – with the licence hearing for this event still to be heard. This year’s event is scheduled for September 21 to 23, pending the licence.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Lyne said: “Your continued support is appreciated as we assess our options and figure out the next step. Watch this space.

“We believe music should bring enjoyment to all, so we are willing to do what we can, to ensure that is the case. Music is the soul of our campsite and we will persevere for its continued presence here at Henry’s.”