The launch of Tripe'17, a three-month long programme of music and arts events sponsored by the Tripe Marketing Board has been postponed following the imminent announcement of a General Election campaign in the UK.
Tripe retailers had been advised to order additional supplies in response to an expected increase in demand following the planned launch on 8 June 2017. TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said it was now too late to reverse these orders and apologised if this led to a glut of tripe.
With the first performance by the re-united The Incredible G String Band since they broke up in 1978, and the legendary Beat Boys reprising their 2014 Be More Cow campaign appearance, the launch event promised to be a spectacular start to the summer.
The West Coast sound of The
Beat Boys, whose slightly off-key harmonies captured perfectly the sounds
of a Lancashire summer - burgers sizzling, bingo calling and torrential
rain - have not performed together since 2006, when they re-formed as a tribute band to The Pleasure Beach Boys,
themselves a Beat Boys tribute band.
Band member Byron Watson, who has not appeared in public since he became
addicted to cleaning the house and refused to go on tour, said he was disappointed at the postponement of the launch, adding "I have
been in treatment and was now ready to hit the road again."
As part of the campaign, the TMB planned to re-issue their finest album, Pit Sounds and their compilation album, Endless
TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "This is going to take a bit of rescheduling, but we could well be looking at the UK's first ever Autumn of Tripe and Fun."