18 November 2017

Lancastrians accused of 'fixing' tripe poll

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has accused a shadowy group of Lancastrian vegans of exerting undue influence on an online poll organised by the TMB.

The poll, which has been running for six days over three rounds, was aimed at finding the most popular venue to host the TMB's public launch of its new book, Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside.

Suspicious voting patterns
After the first rounds saw the shock elimination of Mexborough and Barnsley, Sir Norman asked for a behind-the-scenes investigation into voting irregularities which revealed suspicious voting patterns that favoured Todmorden, the former Lancashire town that was moved to Yorkshire after local government reorganisation.

Sir Norman said it was clear from the detailed analysis conducted by the TMB that the heavy vote for Todmorden had what he termed "a sinister political undertone" designed to destabilise both the TMB and the fragile peace between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

"For this reason, all votes for Todmorden have been annulled," he said, adding that he had asked the TMB's PR department to make all necessary arrangements to host the book launch at 3pm on Sunday 3 December in Ossett, West Yorkshire.


16 November 2017

OffOffal Rules Against TMB in Landmark Decision

The offal processing industry regulator OffOffal has today issued a ruling that will strictly limit the publicity that the Tripe Marketing Board is able to give the books published by its publishing arm, TMB Books.

The decision, which was made after complaints had been lodged by British Spleen and the UK Federation of Lung Processors, means that the TMB will be able to mention its books in the social media no more than 40 times a day.

File under 'Humour'
Head of TMB Books Sheena Eastham said she was disappointed by the ruling, coming as it did in the crucial run-up to Christmas. "We had just spent a small fortune having a whole suite of  adverts designed and produced ready to launch our full catalogue under the 'A Tripe Book is For Christmas' banner," she said.

TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said he would be lodging an immediate challenge to the ruling and that he had arranged a breakfast meeting with the TMB's legal advisors Young, Gifford & Black. "Now that we are more dependent than ever on our publishing arm to finance our vital work promoting tripe to the nation, this restriction could be a fatal blow to our plans," he said.

He blamed jealousy and envy on the part of other offal promotion organisations, adding: "Everyone knows that the lung people haven't produced a decent book since the 1960s."

Meanwhile, sales of TMB Books' latest publication, Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside are said to be going well, boosted by the offer of a free TMB pen with every copy purchased direct from the publisher.

The book is due to be publicly launched in Yorkshire on Sunday 3 December 2017, at an event that has yet to be formally announced. "We tend to have to keep these things under wraps until the last minute, because of possible demonstrations by militant vegan groups, but I can promise you we're planning an event people won't easily forget," Sir Norman said.




15 November 2017

TMB grant cut will not impede our work says chairman

A decision by East Lancashire District Council to axe its annual development grant to the Tripe Marketing Board will not be allowed to stand in the way of the urgent need to promote tripe in the months and years ahead, chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has pledged.

Cllr Nigel Farnworth
The decision, which brings to an end a period of support stretching back over three decades, was announced this afternoon by Cllr Nigel Farnworth, leader of the ELDC, who told reporters from the Burnley Argus that the council would not support an organisation that was turning its back on Lancashire and moving to Yorkshire. 

Sir Norman said he was disappointed by the decision, as the £500 received each year from the ELDC had helped put the Lancashire tripe industry 'back on the map'. "Our beating heart will always be in Lancashire, even if our brains and guts are soon to be relocated across the border in Barnsley," he said. "The £500 makes all the difference to our ability to go out and about promoting tripe to our partners across Britain and around the globe," he added.

Sir Norman said that the TMB would have to redouble its efforts to promote the work of its publishing division, TMB Books, as this would now be the sole source of income for the organisation.  "I won't deny that we are batting on a sticky wicket, but with Christmas fast approaching we can only hope that tripe lovers - apart from buying tripe - also decide to stock up on tripe books as gifts for their friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours and close acquaintences," he said, adding "We may otherwise have to cancel one or two of our fact finding trips in 2018, which would be a great shame, obviously."



10 November 2017

TMB chairman 'relaxed' about son's future career choice

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has defended comments made in an article written for the popular Yorkshire style magazine Wakefield Tommorrow!, where he said that he doesn’t care what profession his son chooses "as long as he likes tripe."


Sir Norman Wrassle
Sir Norman had said that he is "worried as heck" that his son, Stuart, will turn his back on tripe as he grows older,  “Not only because of how it will ruin his life but because of how it will reflect on me,” he said.

There has been previous speculation that Stuart, who is 48, was being 'groomed' to become the next chairman of the Tripe Marketing Board but, apart from a few occasions when he acted as returning officer for the TMB's popular Tripe Dog competitions, he has shown little inclination to follow in his father's footsteps.

Sir Norman said that he was aware that his son, who currently works as a stock controller for a wholefood retail chain, did not relish the prospect of taking on the mantle of chairman, but he hoped that he would at least demonstrate a liking for tripe. "This isn't a case of 'tripe-shaming'," he said.

He insisted that he will continue to love his son "no matter what," and optimistically concludes that having a son who turns out not to like tripe might ultimately help him overcome some of his own vegan-related prejudices.

8 November 2017

TMB to retain Lancashire base after move to Barnsley

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle today confirmed that the TMB would retain a presence in Lancashire following the opening of its new operational base in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, later this month.

Speaking from his Lytham home earlier today, Sir Norman said: "We will keep a skeleton staff in Preston for the forseeable future to deal with enquiries, diary engagements and press and media relations".

Innovative advertising
The announcement followed a series of demonstrations outside the TMB's Preston office as locals complained that the TMB was deserting the county.

Sir Norman dismissed a series of parallel demonstrations in Barnsley against the move as the work of militant vegans, who he accused of "whipping up a frenzy of anti-tripe opposition".

Sir Norman said that, by having a presence in both counties, tripe could be "truly TransPennine", comparing it to the railway system that linked Yorkshire and Lancashire.

As evidence of the growth of UK tripe's reach, Sir Norman said that sales of TMB Books' two flagship publications, Forgotten Lancashire and Forgotten Yorkshire, were both on the up as Christmas approached, prompted by innovative advertising in the social media. "Whatever side of the border they come from, a lot of people will be unwrapping a tripe book at the end of December!" he declared.


6 November 2017

Chairman's statement on 'Paradise Papers'

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has issued the following statement in response to accusations made in the East Lancashire Cable TV programme Lancashire's Missing Millions which was broadcast last night:


4 November 2017

Chairman apologises to TMB Board members

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has apologised to board members who have not yet received a complimentary copy of TMB Books' latest publication, Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside.

Sir Norman said he was disappointed that the late arrival of stock at the TMB's new offices in Barnsley had prevented the books being distributed to board members in a timely manner. "I know this means that ordinary, common-or-garden tripe lovers who have purchased a copy will have had sight of it before those at the top of the industry - this is quite unacceptable and I'm sorry," he said.

It is understood that a large package of books went missing en route from the printers and the Preston distribution hub used by TMB Books to the TMB's offices in South Yorkshire. "We're not sure who to blame on this one, and current suspects include Lancastrians, vegans and people who don't like tripe," Sir Norman said, adding "but as a purely precautionary measure we have had to let one of our interns go."  

He said that the TMB had placed a new order which meant that the books would be sent to board members and a selected group of minor celebrities "hopefully, before the week is out."
 

3 November 2017

New Fact-Lite history book launched by TMB Books

TMB Books (the publishing division of the Tripe Marketing Board) has today announced the publication of its latest book, Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside.

Forgotten Yorkshire (RRP £9.99)
The book, by celebrated Ossett librarian Dr. Eric K. Shipley, shines a light on some hitherto unknown aspects of a county which - though the largest in Britain - is a mystery to many.  With chapters on the Yorkshire music scene, profiles of towns and cities such as Ilkley, Scarborough, Hull (and many more), as well as a detailed examination of the age old question 'Was God a Yorkshireman?', this book will appeal to anyone who thinks history shouldn't be dry and dusty.

Commenting on the book, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "We hear a lot in the news these days about ‘fake news’, but rather less about ‘fake history’.  Under my guidance, I'm proud to have steered our publishing division firmly in the direction of what might be termed ‘Fact-Free’ or ‘Fact Lite’ history books".   

The book is currently available to tripe lovers for just £7.99 as part of a launch offer that extends until 7 November 2017.  It will also be available via selected bookshops and tripe retailers, where it will be offered free with every purchase of 50lb of honeycomb tripe.

"Let’s face it, most people are too busy these days to clutter their minds with useless facts, and I feel very strongly that a new approach to history is needed to awaken people’s interest," Sir Norman said.

2 November 2017

Russian vegans suspected of 'fixing' offal poll

Moscow-based members of Мясо - убийство - a shadowy network of Russian vegans that has been targeting meat-based food promoters since 2014 -  has been accused by the Tripe Marketing Board of attempting to undermine the integrity of an online poll to find britain's favourite offal.

The results as they stood at 8pm on 2 November 2017
TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said that the poll, which still has one day left to run, showed all the signs of having been tampered with. In the face of stiff competition from brains, tongue, kidney and spleen, both tripe and liver made it through to the 2017 Grand Final. "Whatever inherent popularity liver may have, there's no doubt that when it comes to personality and looks, tripe trumps it," Sir Norman said.

He was speaking at a meeting of the Westhaughton Ladies' League, where he was guest of honour at their annual AGM and Festival of Flower Arranging, Cooking and Butchery. "We have strong reason to suspect there has been a flood of votes from Moscow with the sole aim of taking the shine off tripe's successful World Tripe Day celebrations last week," he said.

Sir Norman pledged that the vote would be declared null and void if this proved to be the case, adding "At the end of the day, we know liver just isn't that popular."




 

1 November 2017

Tripe Marketing Board to move to Barnsley

The Tripe Marketing Board has revealed that it is to move its operational base to Barnsley, South Yorkshire.


Barnsley - unrivalled access to the A628
Announcing the move last night, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said, "Barnsley is strategically located between Leeds and Sheffield and offers the TMB the perfect opportunity to expand its influence in the north of England."


The TMB has been based in Preston for many years, but Sir Norman said it was time to show goodwill by reaching across the Pennines to develop new markets.  
"Barnsley will be a fantastic base for our work, offering as it does unrivalled access to the A628, a long history of appreciating tripe and - most importantly - affordable office rents," he said, adding that the news had been kept under wraps "for months" while the TMB installed key security measures to ensure the promotion of tripe could continue free from the fear of attacks from militant vegans, which had been a problem at the Preston HQ. 

The move coincides with the imminent launch of TMB Books' latest publication Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside, which continues the pioneering 'Fact Free' and 'Fact Lite' approach to charting the history of Britain.  Sir Norman said he had been surprised to learn that some people had bought the book even before it is officially launched.  "I can only think they aren't from Yorkshire, as they clearly haven't  waited until the weekend when we will be offering the book at a special, discounted price," he said.

29 October 2017

TMB chairman apologises for Yorkshire tofu purchase

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has apologised after reports appeared in the Wigan on Sunday newspaper that he had asked his secretary to purchase 2lbs of tofu from a wholefood delicatessan in Leeds earlier this week. 

Sir Norman Wrassle
The newspaper reported that Sir Norman had admitted the claims, saying: "I'm not going to deny it. I’m going to have to take it on the chin. I hung around outside and she went into this shop. That was it."

Speaking at a hastily-convened press conference at his Lytham home earlier today, Sir Norman apologised for the incident. "The tofu was bought as a gift for my wife, and I asked my secretary to make the purchase because it would obviously have been deeply embarrassing for me as a leading light in the offal promotion world to have been seen in such an establishment," he said, adding "I am deeply sorry for any offence this incident may have caused to tripe lovers."

Sir Norman said he had chosen to make the purchase in Yorkshire because he felt it would attract less attention there. "I am happy to acknowledge that there are many outlets available for the purchase of tofu in Lancashire and, in the unlikely event that I ever have to buy it again, I will certainly consider using these," he added. 








The Mail reported that Mr Garnier had admitted the claims, saying: “I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest. I’m going to have to take it on the chin.” According to the paper, he said the “sugar tits” comment was part of an “amusing conversation” about the TV comedy Gavin and Stacey, while the sex toys were bought after a Christmas lunch. “We bought some soap sets, that sort of stuff, scented candles. The vibrator shop was high jinks,” he is quoted as saying. “I hung around outside and she went into this shop. That was it.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/government-minister-mark-garnier-admits-asked-secretary-buy-sex-toys/
The Mail reported that Mr Garnier had admitted the claims, saying: “I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest. I’m going to have to take it on the chin.” According to the paper, he said the “sugar tits” comment was part of an “amusing conversation” about the TV comedy Gavin and Stacey, while the sex toys were bought after a Christmas lunch. “We bought some soap sets, that sort of stuff, scented candles. The vibrator shop was high jinks,” he is quoted as saying. “I hung around outside and she went into this shop. That was it.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/government-minister-mark-garnier-admits-asked-secretary-buy-sex-toys/
The Mail reported that Mr Garnier had admitted the claims, saying: “I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest. I’m going to have to take it on the chin.” According to the paper, he said the “sugar tits” comment was part of an “amusing conversation” about the TV comedy Gavin and Stacey, while the sex toys were bought after a Christmas lunch. “We bought some soap sets, that sort of stuff, scented candles. The vibrator shop was high jinks,” he is quoted as saying. “I hung around outside and she went into this shop. That was it.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/government-minister-mark-garnier-admits-asked-secretary-buy-sex-toys/

24 October 2017

TMB chairman apologises after World Tripe Day 2017 leads to product shortage


Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has apologised after the inadvertant success of World Tripe Day 2017 led to shortages of tripe in large parts of the UK on Wednesday.

Promoted as the one day of the year when people who love tripe could celebrate without fear of ridicule, the hashtag #WorldTripeDay trended on Twitter for over 9 hours on 24 October, as the interest of social media users across the globe was piqued.

From Accrington to Addis Ababa, from Rotherham to Rome and from Wigan to Warsaw, World Tripe Day struck a chord that resonated at the counters of tripe suppliers all around the world. The day received widespread coverage on the mainstream media, including Newsweek, the BBC and the Daily Express and was even mentioned on the popular BBC Radio 2 show, Steve Wright in the Afternoon, hosted by former DJ Steve Wright.

Sir Norman himself was interviewed by BBC Radio Wales, interrupting a busy schedule of activities in Rome where celebrations were at their peak. 

Speaking on his return to the UK this morning, he issued an apology for the difficulties many regular tripe eaters faced when they attempted to buy tripe yesterday. "Our initial aim was for the #WorldTripeDay hashtag to trend in Yorkshire, Humberside and Parts of North Derbyshire, to coincide with the imminent launch of a new book from TMB Books.  No one was more surprised than me that it escaped these areas and became a big hit across the whole of the UK - tripe hasn't trended since 1953," Sir Norman said, adding "I'm naturally sorry if people were left without tripe because of the increased demand."

Sir Norman, who is currently at a meat processing event in Leeds, will return to the north west tomorrow when he will judge the Top 5 Tweets whose authors are destined to win a coveted TMB pen.  Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, two celebratory lifetime memberships of Tripe Club will also be awarded - the first time in the Club's history.




22 October 2017

Tips for celebrating World Tripe Day

With World Tripe Day 2017 fast approaching, the Tripe Marketing Board has issued guidance for those looking to celebrate the day in style.  Make Tuesday 24 October a World Tripe Day to remember!


You can use the hashtag #worldtripeday to let your social media friends know how you're celebrating the day.

Representatives of the Tripe Marketing Board will be in Rome on 24 October, as guests of the  Italian Guild of Offal Processors - the first time a team has travelled to the city on World Tripe Day.

Wherever you are in the world, and however you choose to mark the day, please remember to enjoy tripe responsibly.

21 October 2017

TMB "definitely not" moving to Wakefield says chairman

The Tripe Marketing Board will not be moving its operational base to Wakefield, chairman Sir Norman Wrassle told a meeting of senior UK tripe processors earlier today.

Sir Norman Wrassle
Responding to rumours circulating within the industry, Sir Norman said: "I can state categoricaly that we are definitely not moving to Wakefield, despite what people may have heard. We have been based in Preston for decades and, were it not for the quite exhorbitant increase in office rental costs that are proposed for 2018, the subject of relocating would never have even been an issue."

The small team of TMB staff working at Preston had expressed concern when the rumours first began earlier this year. "I have had to deal with people in tears at the prospect," Sir Norman said, adding that it was irresponsible for people to suggest that the TMB would ask its dedicated workforce to undergo such an enforced move.

"People can rest absolutely assured that we aren't going to Wakefield, so I hope that is the end of the matter," he said. 


20 October 2017

TMB chairman apologises over "Get my tripe out" statement

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has issued the following statement in connection with comments he is alleged to have made at a meeting of the Barnoldswick Ladies' League in September:

Sir Norman Wrassle
"I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Barnoldswick last month. It was offensive and unacceptable."

The comments came to light after the militant  East Lancashire Vegans Against Tripe organisation released covert video footage via the Guided Forks foodie website in which Sir Norman told the audience "I'll get my tripe out for you, ladies."

Sir Norman clarified that the phrase 'get my tripe out' was a Merseyside colloquialism similar to 'pull my finger out', and that he had intended to convey to the audience that he would work hard to promote tripe as a foodstuff for the 21st century.

"The phrase certainly has no sexual connotations, and it is a source of some discomfort to me that the Guided Forks website chose to imply that," Sir Norman said.

Sir Norman said it would be a shame if the incident cast a cloud over the relationships he had built over many years with branches of the Ladies' League all across Lancashire. "I think they know I'm not that kind of man," he added.





18 October 2017

World Tripe Day 24 October 2017


The Tripe Marketing Board is making its final preparations for the celebration of World Tripe Day on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. 

This is the fourth World Tripe Day since it was formally inaugurated in 2013 at a celebratory launch at the UK House of Commons.  With less than a week to go before the event, the UK tripe industry is looking forward to what promises to be the biggest celebration yet of nature's wonder food.

Sir Norman Wrassle
Tripe processors, butchers and supermarkets all over the country are stocking up on tripe in readiness for 24 October and Tripe Club members are dusting off their badges to proudly declare their love of tripe.

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said "This is the one day of the year when no one has to be ashamed to be a tripe lover.  Whether you're in Florence, Caen or Wigan, this is your special day!"


Sir Norman, who will be celebrating the day in Rome as a guest of the Italian Guild of Offal Processors, said he was looking forward to the occasion immensely: "Many supposedly more popular foodstuffs have long had their own 'world day'.  Now that tripe has one, it is important that we celebrate it in style!" he said. 

The Tripe Marketing Board will be issuing suggestions on how tripe lovers can celebrate World Tripe Day via its social media accounts, using the hashtag #worldtripeday.   Ideas include hosting a tripe party for friends and family, buying some tripe for your dog and lobbying your MP to establish an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tripe.

"Whatever your plans, enjoy tripe responsibly," Sir Norman said.

4 October 2017

Critics of PM's speech were "a tad harsh" says TMB chairman

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has defended Prime Minister Theresa May after her speech to the 2017 Conservative Party Conference was described as "a car crash" by political commentators.

Sir Norman wrassle
Sir Norman, who has attended fringe meetings at both of the major political party conferences, said he had "every sympathy" with Mrs May and described the criticism as "a tad harsh".  In a candid interview today with Gary Bradlow on the popular Radio Lancashire drive-time show, Gassing with Gaz, Sir Norman said: "As someone who tours the country putting the case for tripe, I know what it's like to have to get up in public and defend something which the majority of people find abhorrent, so I can sympathise with Theresa".

He added that there had been times when he, too, had almost lost his voice, so emotional had be become in putting the case for tripe, and he dismissed those who said that the disintegrating backdrop was evidence of a party in chaos. "There was a time when I was giving a speech when the letters 'T' and 'E' of 'TRIPE' simultaneously fell off the wall behind me but, just like Theresa, I soldiered on to the bitter end," he said.  

30 September 2017

Move to Yorkshire is 'pure rumour' says TMB chair

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has again denied that the TMB has any current plans to move its operations from Preston, Lancashire to Yorkshire.

Speaking at a meeting of the Todmorden Ladies' League last night, Sir Norman described comments in the social media suggesting a move was on the cards as "pure rumour".  The comments followed a leak of Sir Norman's speaking engagements for this week, which included the controversial visit to Todmorden, and which Sir Norman said was probably the work of an intern who had passed the details on to a local branch of the militant Vegans Against Tripe organisation. 

Forgotten Yorkshire - due out soon
Sir Norman took the opportunity to mention to the audience the imminent arrival of TMB Books' latest publication, Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside, which he thought might appeal to anyone who had forgotten, or merely found it difficult to recall, some of the more obscure aspects of the county's history.  "We think there's an appetite for our brand of Fact-Free and Fact-Lite history books, even amongst people who don't actually like tripe," he said, adding "and we don't believe in letting facts get in the way of a good history book!"

In response to questions from the audience, Sir Norman said that, while he was delighted to be in Todmorden, when he had accepted the invitation he was under the mistaken apprehension that the town was still in Lancashire. "I realise now that it has been adminstered as part of West Yorkshire since 1974 and I would like to apologise for my mistake," he said. "It's perhaps a shame that this fact isn't mentioned a bit more in Forgotten Yorkshire," he added, promising to have a word with the author Dr Eric K Shipley in case the ommission could be remedied.

Sir Norman said that he would not like his appearance in the county - or the book's publication - to fuel the speculation that the TMB was planning to transfer its operations there. "It's certainly true that we have outgrown our premises in Preston and its right that are casting our net widely in a search for a new home, but it would be wrong to imagine that we are moving to Yorkshire next week - or even next month," he said.  

Sir Norman confirmed that an intern at the TMB's office, believed to be a graduate of Leeds University, had been suspended pending a full inquiry into the leak of his diary earlier this week.




20 September 2017

Tripe Marketing Board 'Not moving to Yorkshire' says chairman

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle today quashed suggestions that the TMB would be moving its operational base to Yorkshire.

The Twitter Poll which sparked the rumour
The rumours, which arose after a Twitter poll showed a degree of support for a move from Preston to Wakefield, were repeated in an article in Offal Monthly, the trade journal for the offal processing industry.

The article also suggested that the decision by TMB Books, the publishing arm of the TMB, to publish Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside next month was an indication that the TMB was 'turning its back on Lancashire'.  

Sir Norman confirmed that the TMB "has no plans" to move to Wakefield, although he acknowledged that the town offered unrivalled access to the A638.

Speaking at a meeting of the Barnoldswick Ladies' Circle, Sir Norman said that the Twitter poll had been "just a bit of fun," although almost 1,100 people had taken part in it.

In response to questions, Sir Norman admitted that the lease for the TMB's Preston office expired next month, but said he was confident that a new deal could be struck which was good for tripe and good  for Lancashire. "The TMB and it's predecessor organisations, including the British Tripe Council and the Association for the Legal Disposal of Unwanted Cow Products, have been in Preston for decades.  We're not about to let a 300% increase in rent get in the way of history," he said.


1 September 2017

3rd Quarter Tripe Sales "encouraging" says Chairman

Sales of tripe in the period July - September 2017 were "encouraging," Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said in an interview with the Bury Examiner published today.
Sir Norman Wrassle
Although sales fell for the 240th successive quarter, Sir Norman said there were signs that more and more people were discovering tripe's value as a cheap and nutritious food. "We've lost fewer customers this quarter than ever," Sir Norman said, adding "We have one or two surprises up our sleeve for the autumn that could reverse the trend entirely".
 
He put the per capita decline in sales of just 0.0003 kg in Quarter 3 down to unseasonably warm weather.  "The Bank Holiday weekend was a real surprise, as we can normally count on wind and rain," he said.
 
Sir Norman went on to say "Although sales of tripe continue to fall, I am pleased to say that sales of tripe books have improved. TMB Books will shortly be announcing the publication date for Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside.  We think that if we can entice people to read books, there's a good chance they'll move on to try tripe".
 
With World Tripe Day just around the corner, the autumn promises to be a bumper time for tripe and Sir Norman said he was confident for the future prospects of the product. "Tripe's been around for centuries. We're not about to throw in the towel now!" he said.