27 November 2014

TMB chairman pleads for calm on Lancashire Day

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle last night appealed for "calm and common sense" among Lancastrians, following calls by Lytham councillor Nigel Farnworth for an independent Lancashire.

Sir Norman Wrassle
Speaking at a meeting of the Leyland Womens' Guild, Sir Norman said: "Every year for as long as I can remember, Cllr Farnworth has used his traditional 'Eve of Lancashire Day' speech to demand independence for Lancashire.  Here at the Tripe Marketing Board, we'll be celebrating all that's good about Lancashire - and for us that means a county that's forward-looking, dynamic and welcoming of  people of all backgrounds and ages.  Tripe is a Lancashire foodstuff that has conquered the world.  Only last week I was talking to the people of Hereford about it.  We have no time at all for the likes of Nigel Farnworth and his small-minded prejudices."

Sir Norman said he hoped people would stay calm and carry on buying tripe - wherever they lived. "Common sense tells us that we can't develop the tripe industry simply by relying on our core consumers.  We must reach out and embrace people of all cultures and persuasions - even those in Yorkshire".

In response to a question from the audience, Sir Norman said he would be spending Lancashire Day as he always did: "I'll be putting on a CD of that fine Bolton folk singer Woodly Gutteridge singing 'This Lancs was made for thee and me', tucking into a nice bowl of tripe and onions washed down by some Thwaites beer and following it up by a delicious Chorley cake!" he said. 

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