|Dr Sue Black|
Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has denied suggestions that the TMB has been engaged in a surreptitious campaign to ensure that tripe is mentioned positively in the UK media.
The allegations came after listeners took to social media to note that two recent 'castaways' on the flagship BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs had both spoken of their love of tripe. On 20 May, computer scientist Dr Sue Black related her childhood memories of tripe, whilst on 24 June celebrated bestselling author Martina Cole also professed her enjoyment.
"I think we are finally reaching a point in society where people no longer have to feel ashamed of speaking about their love of tripe," Sir Norman said, adding "I can assure you that none of this has involved us making underhand payments or bribes, whether to the individuals who have made the comments or to programme producers at the BBC."
Sir Norman said he hoped more celebrities would feel emboldened to speak out. "In the run-up to World Tripe Day 2018 in October, I am sure we'll see more coming forward and celebrating their love of tripe," he said.