Rubik’s Cube craze makes a comeback

Kirkland and Catterall St Helen's Primary School pupil Harry Dashfield  has inspired  fellow students to take up the Rubik's Cube.
Kirkland and Catterall St Helen's Primary School pupil Harry Dashfield has inspired fellow students to take up the Rubik's Cube.
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It was back in 1974 that a young architect Erno Rubik created a puzzle that would taunt and confuse in turns.

His cube could raise strong emotions as people tried to restore its colour-coded sides.

But now, 40 years, on a new generation of students at Kirkland and Catterall St Helen’s school is rediscovering its magic - thanks to young pupil Harry Dashfield.

The eight-year-old amazed pupils at the school by completing the Rubiks Cube puzzle in front of the school in just one minute and 30 seconds, according to proud mum Lucy Bracken who reported: “there is an old game, making a big comeback.”

She said: “For days after children swarmed round him, watching him repeatedly complete the Rubiks Cube. Soon children were bringing in their Rubiks Cube for Harry to ‘fix’. Now many of the children take their cubes to school and sit in groups trying to master it. The craze is truly sweeping the school.”

Headteacher Mr Mark Hamblett confirmed the craze had taken off and he was delighted to see his pupils playing with this old-fashioned, rather than electronic, toy.

The craze is truly sweeping the school

Lucy Bracken

*You can twist and turn the Rubiks Cube and it will not break or fall apart, but its colour coded parts get scrambled and need to be restored. It was reported it took its inventor Erno Rubik a month to work out the solution to his own puzzle. It was first patented in 1975 as the “magic cube” and was renamed Rubik’s Cube in 1980.

What other games did you know and love in the 1970s and 1980s? How about:

The Spirograph

Atari Video games

Etch-A-Sketch

Silly Putty

The Slinky

Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man action figures

Mouse Trap board game