/Man finds worlds longest Hula Hoop and vows to keep it forever

Man finds worlds longest Hula Hoop and vows to keep it forever

A man who has found the world’s longest Hula Hoop has vowed to keep it forever.

Sam Lightfoot said the discovery is one of his ‘biggest achievements’.

Delighted Sam with the packet
(Image: Tony Kershaw / SWNS)

The 26-year-old said he could feel ‘something unusual’ in the salt and vinegar flavoured packet of crisps but had no idea that the crisp was eight times its usual length.

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Sam’s discovery trumps the previous world record – a 3.7-inch Hula Hoop found by Rowan Umland in Peckham, South London, in May.

The whopper is nearly three times its normal size
(Image: Tony Kershaw / SWNS)

Other giant crisps have made hundreds of pounds when sold at auction.

In 2014, musician Stuart Hampton, 31, from Darnhill in Greater Manchester, sold a 3-inch Hula Hoop for £712.

But Sam has promised to keep it as a family heirloom and well away from the family dog Mylo, a seven-year-old golden doodle who loves a snack.

The off-shore wind farmer said the find is one of 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.”

The giant Hula Hoop
(Image: Tony Kershaw / SWNS)

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, earlier on August 20.

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Sam, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, is staying with his family for a holiday, and could feel something unusual before opening the packet.

He said: “When I opened it I was like ‘whaaaaaat’, then I realised it was an extra-long Hula Hoop.

“I went and showed everyone.

“They were very impressed.

“Then I measured it.

“It’s Maisie’s achievement really, so it will probably stay here in Surrey.”

Maisie and Sam with the giant Hula Hoop
(Image: Tony Kershaw / SWNS)

Maisie said: “I feel proud to have picked it up, and pleased to have the longest hula hoop in my house.”

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