20 October 2017

TMB chairman apologises over "Get my tripe out" statement

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has issued the following statement in connection with comments he is alleged to have made at a meeting of the Barnodswick Ladies' League in September:

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"I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Barnoldswick last month. It was offensive and unacceptable."

The comments came to light after the militant  East Lancashire Vegans Against Tripe organisation released covert video footage via the Guided Forks foodie website in which Sir Norman told the audience "I'll get my tripe out for you, ladies."

Sir Norman clarified that the phrase 'get my tripe out' was a Merseyside colloquialism similar to 'pull my finger out', and that he had intended to convey to the audience that he would work hard to promote tripe as a foodstuff for the 21st century.

"The phrase certainly has no sexual connotations, and it is a source of some discomfort to me that the Guided Forks website chose to imply that," Sir Norman said.

Sir Norman said it would be a shame if the incident cast a cloud over the relationships he had built over many years with branches of the Ladies' League all across Lancashire. "I think they know I'm not that kind of man," he added.

18 October 2017

World Tripe Day 24 October 2017

The Tripe Marketing Board is making its final preparations for the celebration of World Tripe Day on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. 

This is the fourth World Tripe Day since it was formally inaugurated in 2013 at a celebratory launch at the UK House of Commons.  With less than a week to go before the event, the UK tripe industry is looking forward to what promises to be the biggest celebration yet of nature's wonder food.

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Tripe processors, butchers and supermarkets all over the country are stocking up on tripe in readiness for 24 October and Tripe Club members are dusting off their badges to proudly declare their love of tripe.

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said "This is the one day of the year when no one has to be ashamed to be a tripe lover.  Whether you're in Florence, Caen or Wigan, this is your special day!"

Sir Norman, who will be celebrating the day in Rome as a guest of the Italian Guild of Offal Processors, said he was looking forward to the occasion immensely: "Many supposedly more popular foodstuffs have long had their own 'world day'.  Now that tripe has one, it is important that we celebrate it in style!" he said. 

The Tripe Marketing Board will be issuing suggestions on how tripe lovers can celebrate World Tripe Day via its social media accounts, using the hashtag #worldtripeday.   Ideas include hosting a tripe party for friends and family, buying some tripe for your dog and lobbying your MP to establish an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tripe.

"Whatever your plans, enjoy tripe responsibly," Sir Norman said.

4 October 2017

Critics of PM's speech were "a tad harsh" says TMB chairman

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has defended Prime Minister Theresa May after her speech to the 2017 Conservative Party Conference was described as "a car crash" by political commentators.

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Sir Norman, who has attended fringe meetings at both of the major political party conferences, said he had "every sympathy" with Mrs May and described the criticism as "a tad harsh".  In a candid interview today with Gary Bradlow on the popular Radio Lancashire drive-time show, Gassing with Gaz, Sir Norman said: "As someone who tours the country putting the case for tripe, I know what it's like to have to get up in public and defend something which the majority of people find abhorrent, so I can sympathise with Theresa".

He added that there had been times when he, too, had almost lost his voice, so emotional had be become in putting the case for tripe, and he dismissed those who said that the disintegrating backdrop was evidence of a party in chaos. "There was a time when I was giving a speech when the letters 'T' and 'E' of 'TRIPE' simultaneously fell off the wall behind me but, just like Theresa, I soldiered on to the bitter end," he said.