4 December 2017

Forgotten Yorkshire Book Launch goes off without disruption

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has welcomed the news that yesterday's public launch in Ossett by TMB Books of Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside went ahead without disruption.

Pic courtesy of @OssettObserver
"I was delighted to learn that the event went off without any of the demonstrations that had been threatened by militant vegans," Sir Norman said, adding "I am only sorry that I was unable to attend myself, as planned."

Brisk sales of the book yesterday mean that the lead researcher is now able to fulfill his pledge of donating the first £100 of his share of royalties from the book to the TMB's #MSisOffal campaign.

"This is a fantastic gesture by Adrian Littlejohn, for which the TMB is hugely grateful. We did ask the author Dr Eric K Shipley if he was interested in doing the same, but he declined, as he is saving his own share towards the cost of a camping holiday in 2018," Sir Norman said.

2 December 2017

Militant vegans attempt to disrupt book launch

Militant members of the Lancashire-based Vegans Against Tripe group have been blamed for graffiti which appeared overnight on the wall outside a venue where the Tripe Marketing Board is due to host a book launch tomorrow.

The event, which takes place at 3pm on Sunday 3rd December at Ossett War Memorial Community Centre, is expected to draw a mix of tripe lovers, people interested in the history of Yorkshire and anyone generally at a loose end in Ossett on a Sunday afternoon.

TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said he wanted to reassure anyone planning to attend that there would be added security to prevent any unpleasant incidents, and that plans were in hand to ensure the offending graffiti was removed.

"We have a team of retired tripe dressers on hand for occasions like this, and they are well-used to working with bleach," Sir Norman said. 


1 December 2017

Destination Ossett!

Final preparations were made today for what is only the Tripe Marketing Board's second ever public event in Yorkshire.*

Ossett Community Centre
The event - the launch of TMB Books' Forgotten Yorkshire and Parts of North Derbyshire and Humberside - is to be opened by the Lady Mayoress of Ossett and will see TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle introduce author Dr Eric K Shipley, who will give brief readings from his work.  There will also be an opportunity to hear a short presentation on the work of the TMB and to purchase a copy of Dr Shipley's book as well as tripe-based gifts and mementos and other books by the TMB.

Speaking of the event (which takes place at 3pm on 3 December at Ossett War Memorial Community Centre) Sir Norman said "I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to visiting Ossett," adding "I've read a lot about it and the surrounding area in Dr Shipley's book, so it will be interesting to see if it lives up to its reputation."

Representatives of the local tourist agency Visit Wakefield will also be on hand to promote the delights of Ossett's near neighbour. "They do sterling work highlighting the attractions of Wakefield, so it's good to have them on board," Sir Norman said.

Interested tripe lovers who are unable to attend the event on Sunday can purchase the book either from Amazon or direct from the TMB, along with a free TMB Pen, by visiting this page

* Full details of the first visit, in 2013, can be found here.

Tripe and Blancmange: A Marriage Made in Hebden

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has expressed his sadness on hearing the news yesterday of the closure of Yorkshire Blancmange, the country's foremost blancmange marketing agency.

The closure comes after the death of Mr Josiah Bickerstaffe, the Honorary President of the League of Blancmangiers, based in Hebden.

Speaking late last night, Sir Norman said "It is always sad when a fellow food marketing agency has to close its doors, particularly one which is promoting a product - like ours - that divides the nation."

Sir Norman said that the TMB had previously collaborated with Yorkshire Blancmange by providing copywriting expertise for its popular 'Blancmange is a dish best served cold' slogan.

"On a more positive note, we have agreed to help sell a number of redundant promotional t-shirts that Yorkshire Blancmange had left when they closed, and these are available on our website now," he added.

£1 from the sale of each t-shirt will go towards the TMB's #MSisOffal campaign for the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society.