MAIL readers have reacted in hysterics after a Barrow man found what is thought to be the world's longest Hula Hoop.

Delighted Sam Lightfoot, 26, discovered the massive salt and vinegar snack during lunch with his family.

The mega-munchie is eight times the usual length and only just fitted in the packet.

Posting on social media, Mail readers shared their delight at the find.

Dan Brereton said: "Barrow- now famous for Dave the Hairy Biker, being on a Chewits advert years ago and now home of the world's longest Hula Hoop."

Dave Skyrme said: "This could put Barrow on the map and boost tourism, I'm off to buy a bag now."

Callum Andrew McGhee said: "Have they measured all the Hoola Hoops in the world?

Sean Dave: "So happy for him."

Jeffrey Holt said "'It’s in my top ten achievements' - what a guy absolutely love this."

Angela Corkhill said: "It all happens in Barrow."

He has vowed to save it forever - and had to protect it from family dog Mylo, a seven-year-old golden doodle who loves crisps.

Sam's discovery trumps the previous world record - a 3.7-inch hoop found in May.

The off-shore wind farm planner said the find was among his biggest achievements.

He said: “It’s up there in the top ten, along with buying a house and a car.

“We’ve been worried about breaking it so we’re keeping it safe in its packet in the utility room.

“We’ve seen online that someone got £20,000 for a puffed-up Dorito they found, but we’re not planning to sell this - it’s too sentimental.

“I’ll probably keep it forever and hand it down through the family."

Sam’s special packet was within a multi-bag bought for him by his 12-year-old cousin Maisie, as part of the family shop in Tesco, Aldershot, Hampshire.

Rowan Umland, 19, from Peckham, south London, found a 3.7-inch hoop in May.