Mo de­votes life to Su­per­group

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BACK in the seven­ties, posters of Abba were plas­tered on every teenager’s wall. Mil­lions of young­sters kept their tran­sis­tors pressed to their ears 24-7, ea­ger to hear their lat­est records. Most of those pop devo­tees have since grown up and moved on, barely giv­ing their youth­ful idols a sec­ond thought dur­ing the in­ter­ven­ing three-and-a-half decades since the Swedish group’s last hit. But one tragic su­per­fan has de­voted her whole life to Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid, and has in the process wasted the best part of her al­lot­ted span amass­ing an ut­terly point­less col­lec­tion of Abba mem­o­ra­bilia.

MoPlain, 54, told us: “While all my friends have got mar­ried, started fam­i­lies and pur­sued suc­cess­ful and ful­fill­ing ca­reers, I’ve been work­ing on my Abba col­lec­tion.”


At the last count, tragic Mo, who lives alone in the Wed­nes­bury, West Mid­lands house where she was born, had over 40,000 items in her un­of­fi­cial Abba mu­seum. From LPs and sin­gles to an­nu­als, mugs, signed pho­tographs and dolls, if it’s got any­thing to do with her Swedish idols, she’s prob­a­bly got it some­where in the worth­less stock­pile of tat that stands as a tes­ta­ment to her piti­fully squan­dered time on earth.


“I get up at half-past five to get my col­lec­tion dusted be­fore break­fast time,” she told us. “It takes me at least three hours every morn­ing. Then I hit eBay and start search­ing for new Abba trea­sures.”

“Be­ing Abba’s num­ber one fan is like a full time job for me,” she added. “There’s no time for any­thing else.”

“I’ve cur­rently got my eye on an Abba pic­nic box and flask, an Abba colour-chang­ing pen, and a lock of Bjorn’s hair,” she said. Mo reck­ons she must have spent more than half a mil­lion pounds on mem­o­ra­bilia over the past four decades, money that could have funded a lav­ish lifestyle of in­ter­na­tional jet­set­ting, in­clud­ing round-the-world cruises, first class air travel and stays in lux­ury five-star ho­tels.


Ex­perts re­cently val­ued Mo’s col­lec­tion at £150 to £200. “I don’t care what my mu­seum is worth, be­cause it’s lit­er­ally price­less to me,” she said. “I’m not in­ter­ested in sell­ing it any­way. When I go, I’m leav­ing the whole lot to my sis­ter in Aus­tralia. Like me, she’s a big Abba fan.”

When we con­tacted Miss Plain’s sis­ter Doreen, who lives in Melbourne, she told us: “I don’t want all that shite clut­ter­ing my house up. I’ll just get some lo­cal firm to put the lot in a skip and then sell the house.”

FAN-D-ABBA-MO-ZI! Mo is plain crazy for the Swedish su­per­group (top).

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!: A small se­lec­tion of Plain’s ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Abba mem­o­ra­bilia.

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