The Tripe Marketing Board is making final preparations for the formal inauguration of World Tripe Day on 24 October 2013.
The inauguration is due to take place tomorrow afternoon in the House of Commons, London. Guests at the event include paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, celebrated cartoonist Bill Tidy, renowned London chef Fergus Henderson, BBC radio celebrity Susan Rae, TMB honorary president Martin McEvoy and a representative group of tripe lovers from up and down the land. The three main political parties will also be represented by MPs and the TMB has invited a select group of Twitter followers to join the celebrations.
TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "This promises to be the most talked about event in the meat trade calendar for many years. Other foodstuffs such as rice and Nutella have their own celebrations, and rightly so. From now on, tripe also has its day!"
Sir Norman said he was looking forward to the event immensely, as it marked the culmination of his personal 20 year mission to secure agreement from tripe marketing agencies across the world to the single celebratory day.
The TMB has invited the public to tell us how they'll be celebrating World Tripe Day tomorrow.
24 October was chosen as the date after research by Dr Derek J Ripley, the TMB's resident historian, revealed that Samuel Pepys ate tripe on this day in 1662, when he wrote in his diary: "So home and dined there with my wife upon a most excellent dish of tripes of my own directing." Dr Ripley discovered one other reference (9 April 1664) but on this occasion Dr Pepys threw up so it was not felt to be a suitable date on which to celebrate World Tripe Day.
Sir Norman said: "We hope there will be lots of interest in tripe up and down the land tomorrow, whether that be in
restaurants, butchers' or bookshops, as we are also taking the opportunity to celebrate the launch of the TMB's 2014 Diary, now available to the wider general public for the first time."