Poplars Care Home Abba Exhibition

Residents at Thornaby’s Poplars Care Home on Thornaby Road were left saying thank you for the music after an Abba-inspired exhibition jogged some musical memories

Poplars Care Home in Teeside - Abba exhibition

Support worker Paul Snaith, who has worked in the care sector since he was 18, has been based at Poplars Care Home since November. Paul’s true passion is Abba –  he’s even written a book about them called Abba – The Music Still Goes On in 1994!

On the day of member Agnetha Faltskog’s 68th birthday – and on the eve of the 44th anniversary of Abba’s Eurovision triumph with Waterloo – Paul set up an Abba-themed exhibition for Poplars residents to enjoy.

Paul, 48, said his love of Abba began when he heard their hit Fernando on a jukebox at the old Teesside Airport in the mid-1970s.

Paul said: “I used to get a lot of abuse at school for liking Abba – it wasn’t cool back then. But I knew I’d be a fan for life. I wrote them a letter to say I’d like to write a biography and it all took off from there. It was a labour of love really. I’ve met them all over the years and they’re all lovely people. I met Benny in Stockholm in February and he played me some of the tracks from the new Mamma Mia movie.”

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