26 October 2012


TMB Books, the publishing arm of the Tripe Marketing Board, wishes to apologise for a number of errors which have crept into an online poll which it commissioned to celebrate Lancashire Day on 27 November 2012.

The poll is being administered by a Yorkshire-based company and it is not known at this stage whether the errors are accidental or a deliberate act of sabotage.  A thorough investigation is underway. Unfortunately, now that the poll is live it is not possible to amend it.

Among the errors which have been brought to our attention are a number of misspellings including Frank Randle and Morrissey, whilst film director Danny Boyle is listed twice.

Dr Doug Harris, professor of market research at the University of Wiggan said, "The errors are unfortunate but do not affect the validity of the poll."

TMB Books hopes that people will continue to encourage others to respond to the poll, so that it can announce a representative result on Lancashire Day.


  1. Oi! Why have you not included Stan Laurel (born in Ulverston) or Emlyn Hughes (born in Barrow-in-Furness) in your list of possible great Lancastrians?

    You may convey your abject apologies to me at stevetrinity@hotmail.co.uk

  2. Our belated apologies are indeed due, Steve. Our poll was hosted by a Yorkshire company who clearly had only limited knowledge of Lancashire. We won't be using them again!