14 February 2019

TMB chairman cancels speech for key Euro meeting

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has apologised for cancelling a number of  scheduled engagements next week due to a requirement for him to attend top-level European talks to discuss the future of tripe.

Sir Norman Wrassle
Speaking earlier today, Sir Norman said he was particularly disappointed not to be attending the annual general meeting of the Garstang Ladies' League, which has been a regular feature on his calendar for the last eight years.

Sir Norman will be meeting key industry leaders in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria for a three day summit early next week. He hopes the meeting will also confirm the principal venue for this year's World Tripe Day celebrations on 24 October.  There are currently three cities competing to host the event which in previous years has been held in Madrid, Rome and Sofia. "At this stage of the year we normally have this matter decided, but I can see I shall have to knock some heads together if we are to reach an agreement soon," he said.

Sir Norman confirmed that his trip next week was not part of the TMB's regular schedule of fact finding visits, so he was not expecting to be visiting any abattoirs, but added "If the opportunity presents itself, I'm sure I'll find it difficult to turn it down." 

2 February 2019

TMB chairman denies plans to move HQ

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle last night dismissed media reports that the TMB is planning to move its operating base in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Rumours of the possible move began circulating after the Leyland Evening Argus reported that Sir Norman had been spotted with a ‘Teach yourself Maltese’ book under his arm.

Speaking at the annual gala dinner of the Preston Ladies' League, Sir Norman dismissed the suggestion as "idle speculation and gossip," adding "Things have come to a pretty pass when a chap can’t read a book without two and two being added to make four." He went on to blame malign vegan influences in the north west media who were conspiring to stop people eating meat based products.

Sir Norman confirmed that the TMB had a number of fact finding trips in the pipeline, including visits to Gran Canaria, Bratislava and Lanzarote.  "It is vitally important that we stay ahead of the game by exploring all possible export markets, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations," he said, and pointed to the success of the TMB's short video on the subject, which had already been viewed over 30,000 times.