It's Lancashire Day - the day when Lancastrians all over the world traditionally celebrate their shared heritage and love of tripe! Retailers all over the county have reported brisk sales as people stocked up on tripe in the run-up to today.
It's also the day when the poll to find the Greatest Lancastrian came to its conclusion. An unexpectedly large field of candidates submitted via the TMB's Twitter account, @TripeUK led to frenzied voting before the poll closed. Over 400 people cast their vote in what has rapidly become the internet's largest meat-based poll to find the year's greatest Lancastrian.
Announcing the results at an award ceremony in Chorley earlier this evening, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "The Tripe Marketing Board's publishing division, TMB Books, is proud to once again sponsor this glittering event. This year, it has been much more fiercely contested, with four categories to reflect the breadth and depth of talent within our county".
The winners were as follows:
Greatest Cricketer: Mr David 'Bumble' Lloyd (67% of category votes cast)
Greatest Comedian: Mr Eric Morecambe (52% of votes cast)
Greatest Historical Lancastrian: Mr Tom Finney (38% of votes cast)
Greatest Living Lancastrian: Dr CP Lee (42% of votes cast)
In declaring Mr Lloyd the overall winner, Sir Norman told a packed gathering "All of these individuals can be proud of the contribution they have made - or are making - to promoting Lancashire in the wider world".
This is the first time a Greatest Lancastrian has retained the title.
"I'd like to personally congratulate Mr Lloyd for the work he has done to put our county - and tripe - on the map and butchers' slabs of Britain," Sir Norman said.
Sir Norman himself polled a creditable 3% in the Greatest Living category and 2% in the Greatest Cricketer category. "To be honest, I was surprised to even be nominated. It's a good base to start on for future years, though," he said, adding "It's many years since I stood at the crease".