Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has apologised to board members who have not yet received a complimentary copy of TMB Books' latest publication, Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside.
Sir Norman said he was disappointed that the late arrival of stock at the TMB's new offices in Barnsley had prevented the books being distributed to board members in a timely manner. "I know this means that ordinary, common-or-garden tripe lovers who have purchased a copy will have had sight of it before those at the top of the industry - this is quite unacceptable and I'm sorry," he said.
It is understood that a large package of books went missing en route from the printers and the Preston distribution hub used by TMB Books to the TMB's offices in South Yorkshire. "We're not sure who to blame on this one, and current suspects include Lancastrians, vegans and people who don't like tripe," Sir Norman said, adding "but as a purely precautionary measure we have had to let one of our interns go."
He said that the TMB had placed a new order which meant that the books would be sent to board members and a selected group of minor celebrities "hopefully, before the week is out."