30 September 2017

Move to Yorkshire is 'pure rumour' says TMB chair

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has again denied that the TMB has any current plans to move its operations from Preston, Lancashire to Yorkshire.

Speaking at a meeting of the Todmorden Ladies' League last night, Sir Norman described comments in the social media suggesting a move was on the cards as "pure rumour".  The comments followed a leak of Sir Norman's speaking engagements for this week, which included the controversial visit to Todmorden, and which Sir Norman said was probably the work of an intern who had passed the details on to a local branch of the militant Vegans Against Tripe organisation. 

Forgotten Yorkshire - due out soon
Sir Norman took the opportunity to mention to the audience the imminent arrival of TMB Books' latest publication, Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside, which he thought might appeal to anyone who had forgotten, or merely found it difficult to recall, some of the more obscure aspects of the county's history.  "We think there's an appetite for our brand of Fact-Free and Fact-Lite history books, even amongst people who don't actually like tripe," he said, adding "and we don't believe in letting facts get in the way of a good history book!"

In response to questions from the audience, Sir Norman said that, while he was delighted to be in Todmorden, when he had accepted the invitation he was under the mistaken apprehension that the town was still in Lancashire. "I realise now that it has been adminstered as part of West Yorkshire since 1974 and I would like to apologise for my mistake," he said. "It's perhaps a shame that this fact isn't mentioned a bit more in Forgotten Yorkshire," he added, promising to have a word with the author Dr Eric K Shipley in case the ommission could be remedied.

Sir Norman said that he would not like his appearance in the county - or the book's publication - to fuel the speculation that the TMB was planning to transfer its operations there. "It's certainly true that we have outgrown our premises in Preston and its right that are casting our net widely in a search for a new home, but it would be wrong to imagine that we are moving to Yorkshire next week - or even next month," he said.  

Sir Norman confirmed that an intern at the TMB's office, believed to be a graduate of Leeds University, had been suspended pending a full inquiry into the leak of his diary earlier this week.

20 September 2017

Tripe Marketing Board 'Not moving to Yorkshire' says chairman

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle today quashed suggestions that the TMB would be moving its operational base to Yorkshire.

The Twitter Poll which sparked the rumour
The rumours, which arose after a Twitter poll showed a degree of support for a move from Preston to Wakefield, were repeated in an article in Offal Monthly, the trade journal for the offal processing industry.

The article also suggested that the decision by TMB Books, the publishing arm of the TMB, to publish Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside next month was an indication that the TMB was 'turning its back on Lancashire'.  

Sir Norman confirmed that the TMB "has no plans" to move to Wakefield, although he acknowledged that the town offered unrivalled access to the A638.

Speaking at a meeting of the Barnoldswick Ladies' Circle, Sir Norman said that the Twitter poll had been "just a bit of fun," although almost 1,100 people had taken part in it.

In response to questions, Sir Norman admitted that the lease for the TMB's Preston office expired next month, but said he was confident that a new deal could be struck which was good for tripe and good  for Lancashire. "The TMB and it's predecessor organisations, including the British Tripe Council and the Association for the Legal Disposal of Unwanted Cow Products, have been in Preston for decades.  We're not about to let a 300% increase in rent get in the way of history," he said.

1 September 2017

3rd Quarter Tripe Sales "encouraging" says Chairman

Sales of tripe in the period July - September 2017 were "encouraging," Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said in an interview with the Bury Examiner published today.
Sir Norman Wrassle
Although sales fell for the 240th successive quarter, Sir Norman said there were signs that more and more people were discovering tripe's value as a cheap and nutritious food. "We've lost fewer customers this quarter than ever," Sir Norman said, adding "We have one or two surprises up our sleeve for the autumn that could reverse the trend entirely".
He put the per capita decline in sales of just 0.0003 kg in Quarter 3 down to unseasonably warm weather.  "The Bank Holiday weekend was a real surprise, as we can normally count on wind and rain," he said.
Sir Norman went on to say "Although sales of tripe continue to fall, I am pleased to say that sales of tripe books have improved. TMB Books will shortly be announcing the publication date for Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside.  We think that if we can entice people to read books, there's a good chance they'll move on to try tripe".
With World Tripe Day just around the corner, the autumn promises to be a bumper time for tripe and Sir Norman said he was confident for the future prospects of the product. "Tripe's been around for centuries. We're not about to throw in the towel now!" he said.