The Tripe Marketing Board has denied fabricating names on a letter of support from 50 tripe lovers published in the May issue of the industry journal Offal Monthly.
The accusation was made earlier today on Lancashire Radio's The Darwen Debate, after an Accrington resident called the show to deny ever having expressed his regard for tripe.
Speaking at a hastily-convened media conference this afternoon, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle admitted that the letter had been circulated by TMB communications staff in an effort to bolster the case for tripe, but denied that any of the names had been added without consent.
The letter was part of the TMB's latest initiative to show that tripe is now becoming popular amongst a younger generation. Sir Norman said: "I have it on good authority that the gentleman who complained is in his 30s, but all of the signatories to the letter were between the ages of 50 and 65".
Sir Norman confirmed that they were all genuine tripe lovers. "I can only assume the caller
has an older namesake, in which case it is all a bit unfortunate," he said.