With the demise of the Wigan Tripe Gala, the annual festival is now Europe's biggest celebration of tripe and features on the calendar of events that no lover of tripe should miss. The six strong delegation were due to return to the UK this morning, but when Sir Norman Wrassle learned that there was almost half an inch of snow in Preston, he decided to take no chances. The group, which includes Lady Cheryl, Sir Norman's brother Fred and the Director General of the TMB, Mr Timothy Flaxton-Buoys, traveled in a minibus hired specially for the trip. Speaking by telephone this morning, Sir Norman said they were "tired and emotional" after the two day celebration, and were looking forward to lunching on a local dish Tripe Provencal in a bistro near their hotel.
Sir Norman said: "Until we arrived, I didn't realise Barjols was in the south of France. Because tripe is such a predominantly northern delicacy in the UK, I assumed we'd be heading for some grubby town in Normandy, but Barjols is lovely. Of course, we're looking forward to getting back to Preston, too, but I'm not risking the trip until I know it's safe."
These scenes are from the 2012 Festival:
The TMB is taking advance bookings for the 2014 Festival, as places in the minibus are limited.