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'The magic of Mamma Mia is in the unconditional love of family'

Sophie and Donna in Mamma Mia! The Movie. Photo: Universal Pictures

Published: 13.Jul.2018 14:25 hrs

As a lifelong Abba superfan, Annabelle Leith was destined to love Mamma Mia. But the real magic of the musical is what it says about family, she writes.

I love Mamma Mia, plain and simple. There's no hiding it – I'm a die-hard fan. It stems from my love for Abba, of course.

It must have been passed down from my mum.

I grew up with a lot of Abba in my household. It wasn't uncommon for Dancing Queen or Thank You For The Music to be blasted through the speakers while she was cleaning the house or we were in the car – or at any other given opportunity for that matter.

I don't think there was a specific moment in my life when I realized that I loved Abba, because it's a love that's been there for as long as I can remember.

It's got to the point now where if I'm on a night out and an Abba song comes on, I'm on FaceTime to my mum within a second, and she'll dance and sing along with me wherever she is (usually by that point in the evening it's in bed waking my dad up with her singing).

QUIZ: How much do you really know about Abba?

When I was younger I was often called Dancing Queen by my friends and family, due to the fact that I was dancing at every opportunity there was, more times than not to an Abba classic. My younger sister and I would always make up dance routines and perform them to our parents during the adverts on TV.Read full article on The Local

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