Domino effect draws in crowds at Sheffield’s Big Topple

A domino-style topple was taking place at Devonshire Green but using video cassettes instead. James Brunt and Timm Cleasby encountered problems with the wind blowing down tapes
A domino-style topple was taking place at Devonshire Green but using video cassettes instead. James Brunt and Timm Cleasby encountered problems with the wind blowing down tapes
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An entire day’s work came down with a bang when Sheffield’s Big Topple got underway at Devonshire Green.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch thousands of videos, blocks and books come down with a clatter at the large-scale domino-style event on Saturday, which it took members of the public hours to assemble.

“It was such a great day and thankfully the weather just about held out,” said Su Walker, Arts Officer for Sheffield Council.

“The Big Topple was all about adults and children coming together to play, and promoting a simple family game, like dominos, that has become overshadowed in recent years by video and computer games.

“We had lots of families working together to built topples and we found that the dads in particular were really getting into it!”

Eight-year-old Owen Walton won The Star’s competition to set off the topple at 4pm, which took several minutes to come down and featured intricate designs, shapes – and even split levels.

Mum Louise Walton said: “Owen was so excited to have won and when we arrived there was a real crowd of people there waiting for him to set it off.

“He got to have a little practice beforehand, with just a few, then the whole crowd counted down from ten for him to set the Big Topple off - it was a lovely moment for him.”

The Big Topple kicked off Sheffield’s 20th annual Children’s Festival, which will feature a month of activities, events, shows and workshops across the city.

Highlights of this year’s festival programme include the ‘Steel City Cascade’ sculpture at Sheffield’s Winter Garden, productions of Sweeney Todd at The Crucible and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at The Montgomery Theatre and an aerial theatre show that will take place in the trees above Weston Park.

n For information on the festival, visit Sheffield Childrens Festival