WE shared the news that a North Cumbrian smokery is to be featured on a business reality TV show next month.

Stonehouse Smokery, based in Carlisle, produces fine-smoked charcuterie and is a common site in farmers' markets.

It will feature on Aldi’s Next Big Thing, a business-pitching show on Channel 4 that will begin broadcasting from April 2 at 8pm.

Lee Scrimgeour, the owner, started the business nine years ago with his wife Rochelle after working as a chef.

Here's what readers thought.

Jessica Butler said: "Love this Scrim and Shelley," while Ken Wood said: "Good luck guys, not that you need it."

Lesley Doyle added: "Wonderful so happy for you both," and Claire Faulder Mason said: "Fabulous news Lee Scrimgeour. Well done."

Joan Scott said: "So glad things are going well for you all," as Jemma J L Race said: "I’m so chuffed to see things are progressing well for you."

Shirley Wilkinson said: "Brilliant news well done guys."

Anna Lyttle also said: "This is ace Lee Scrimgeour."

Mr Scrimgeour, who grew up in Keswick, said the business started off catering weddings with charcuterie being a burgeoning side project, but with Covid, it brought it into the forefront, and trade took off.