25 September 2014

Doris Millward (1928-2014)

Doris Millward, the youngest of the popular 1940s singing trio The Tripe Girls, passed away peacefully in her St Annes nursing home yesterday, at the age of 86.

Doris, who appeared under the stage name Mabel C or 'Baby Tripe', had not appeared in public for some years.  The group's manager, Norman Weller, said Lancashire had lost "a beautiful talent", and Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said Doris had made a profound contribution to promoting tripe over the decades.

The Tripe Girls in 1941 and 2012

The Tripe Girls' last public appearance was in 2012 at a Christmas disco in a Bolton residential home.

The group was the focus of continued controversy during their career, with accusations that Winnie Millward ('Blonde Tripe') had supported Adolf Hitler during the second world war.   The accusations resurfaced last year when Winnie was pictured in Wigan on Sunday alongside local UKIP candidate Nigel Farnworth taking tea in a Lytham cafe.

Mr Weller said it was "too early" to say whether he would be looking to recruit a replacement for Doris.

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