Speaking from his Lytham home earlier today, Sir Norman said: "We will keep a skeleton staff in Preston for the forseeable future to deal with enquiries, diary engagements and press and media relations".
Sir Norman dismissed a series of parallel demonstrations in Barnsley against the move as the work of militant vegans, who he accused of "whipping up a frenzy of anti-tripe opposition".
Sir Norman said that, by having a presence in both counties, tripe could be "truly TransPennine", comparing it to the railway system that linked Yorkshire and Lancashire.
As evidence of the growth of UK tripe's reach, Sir Norman said that sales of TMB Books' two flagship publications, Forgotten Lancashire and Forgotten Yorkshire, were both on the up as Christmas approached, prompted by innovative advertising in the social media. "Whatever side of the border they come from, a lot of people will be unwrapping a tripe book at the end of December!" he declared.