The Tripe Marketing Board has challenged the European Office of Tripe Consumption to ‘put up or shut up’ following the receipt of a bill for £1,250 for the TMB’s contribution towards its 2021 ‘EuroTripe’ promotional campaign.

Speaking from his Lytham home today, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: “This bill has come out of the blue.  I can’t help but feel that our colleagues in Europe are taking advantage of the fact that the TMB has just published its 2021 Diary and sales are going well.”

Cllr Nigel Farnworth

Sir Norman took the opportunity to dismiss comments made by Brexit Party councillor Nigel Farnworth in the Chorley Courier that he was “disgusted” by the demand.  “For too long, we’ve stood by watching imports of cheap European tripe.  It’s time we stood up to Brussels and told them fairly and squarely that we’ve got enough tripe in Britain.  We don’t need any more,” Mr Farnworth had said.

Sir Norman said Mr Farnworth’s comments were ‘Little Lancashire-ism’.  He said: “We want to maintain our position as the premier meat-based marketing board in Europe, but we have to walk a bit of a tightrope with this one.  Nigel’s comments aren’t helpful and merely serve to distract from the real story here – that our 2021 Diary sales are very encouraging.”