The Big Boulder at Sheffield’s Heeley Millennium Park

The Big Boulder at Heeley Millennium Park
The Big Boulder at Heeley Millennium Park
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A MUSIC festival proved to be top of the pops for hundreds of people who flocked to a Sheffield park.

The Big Boulder was staged in Heeley Millennium Park and proved so popular it is hoped it will become an annual event.

Named after the climbing boulder in the park, the festival was planned as a celebration of the transformation of the area over the last 12 months thanks to a Big Lottery grant.

The funding was the culmination of 10 years of work by Heeley Development Trust, which has owned the park since 1996. It now boasts swings, a woodland mountain trail, BMX track and community orchard.

Landscaping and planting work has also been carried out and new climbing boulders, discovery trails, picnic areas and a multi-purpose games area are planned for autumn.

Tandem, a group of 14-year-old boys from Newfield School in Norton Lees, opened the festival.

Other bands performing included The Silver Darlings, Sieben, Orchestre Ruffanti and Garforth and Myers.

Kate Cosgrove, aged 40, from Meersbrook, who spent all day at the festival, said: “It was a fantastic event helped by some lovely weather.

“There were hundreds of people there from all over Sheffield which was good to see and for a group of schoolchildren, Tandem, to have had the chance to showcase their music at an event like this is fantastic.”

Rebecca Findlow, 31, who volunteered at the event, said: “It was good to see families from all over Sheffield having a nice day out.”