Tripe retailers across the north west have been advised to order extra stocks after newspapers broke the story that Ava Gardner, Rex Harrison, Jack Hawkins and the actor who played Blofeld in James Bond films attended clandestine tripe parties at a house in Ennismore Gardens, London.
Tripe Marketing Board chairman, Sir Norman Wrassle, said: "This kind of celebrity endorsement is like gold-dust. If only we'd known at the time we might have been able to arrest the savage decline in sales that beset the industry after the war."
Speaking at a meeting of the Birkdale Soroptomists last night, Sir Norman took the opportunity to highlight the TMB's own 'party plan', which offered an opportunity for busy housewives to earn some extra cash in the run-up the Christmas. "Local retailers will arrange the delivery of a fresh supply of tripe. You supply the guests and the conversation. It's a chance for lazy people to find our what tripe tastes like without having to visit their local tripe retailer," he said.