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ABBA Forever to play concert at Southport Theatre

ABBA Forever, presented by Sweeney Entertainments, is 1 of the UK's leading International tribute shows and theatre audiences from across Great Britain and Sweden have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world's greatest pop band.

The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail, using a 6 piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar. 2 outstanding Abba girls complete the line up, adding the essential glitz and glamour to a well polished and gently humorous show. The superb lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn are sung in wonderful harmony by all 6 performers on stage.

Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top class musicianship and an all live performance ensures that the ABBA Forever show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final sing along chorus of this 2 hour spectacular.

Sweeney Entertainments, co-founded by Julie and Peter Sweeney, has been providing a wide repertoire of top quality touring shows for theatre and corporate events for over 15 years, both in the UK and internationally. 2017 was the company's strongest year to date with more shows touring than ever before and 2018 brings even more new shows and UK tour dates. Julie Said:- "Abba Forever is a great concert experience for all ages, authentically reproducing some of the best pop hits of all time."

Jane Ellis, who performs as Agnetha in the show, said:- "I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform some of the best songs of all time and tour some of the UK's most prestigious venues and beautiful theatres. We play all the big Abba hits and more, even putting some surprise album tracks in there for the most ardent Abba fan."

Packed full of excitement and exuberance, Abba Forever will take you on a journey back to the 70's guaranteed to get you up and dancing in the aisles.

The group will be hitting the stage at Southport theatre, on Thursday, 13 September 2018, at 7.30pm.

Ticket Prices:- ₤15 to ₤25, plus a ₤3.65 transaction fee.

To book call the Box Office on:- 01704 500036 or visit the online booking website.

Salvation Army appeals for small change to make a big difference during its September Big Collection

SALVATION Army members, friends and volunteers will be out raising funds this September, hoping for its most successful Big Collection to date. The annual appeal raises money to support work in communities across the UK and Republic of Ireland, with every penny donated going directly to people that need it most. Last year a staggering ₤1.6 million in cash was donated by generous supporters and, with no admin costs, one hundred percent of this money helped ensure that outreach work could continue to benefit communities The Salvation Army is present in.

Salvation Army members will adopt a number of fundraising methods during this period, including:- entertaining shoppers on high streets and outside supermarkets with bands, and carrying out door to door visits during September 2018.

Donations will help Salvation Army services that support people who are:- homeless, victims of modern slavery, families in poverty, individuals struggling with unemployment, people battling addiction and vulnerable older people who are lonely.

All collectors will be carrying a permit, which can be shown on request, and will only ask for cash donations in Salvation Army donation envelopes or a sealed Salvation Army collection tin. Donations can also be made to The Big Collection online or by texting:- 'BCOL18 ₤3' (or any amount) to:- '70070.'

The Salvation Army's social work can take many forms. Here are just 1 example of the ways the public's generosity has helped within the last year:- "We could be where we needed to be."

The Salvation has 18 Emergency Response Vehicles around the UK territory. These vehicles are used for various causes, but primarily offer support to the emergency services, at major incidents.

Three vehicles have been supporting the London Fire Brigade for over 35 years. Karl coordinates 1 of these vans based in Shoreditch, he said:- "We aim to arrive at a scene as quickly and safely as possible and we provide a welfare response. We'll turn up to give out refreshments, but we're also there to chat with whoever wants to chat."

At major incidents The Salvation Army will often open up Churches as Rest Centres, give pastoral and practical support, and take on a number of tasks as needed during very difficult times.

In 2017 The Salvation Army responded to the Grenfell Tower disaster. Karl said:- "That was a very difficult day; we did what we had to do and got into our routine of what we always do. It was a very privileged position to be, in such sad circumstances, that we as The Salvation Army could be where we needed to be on that morning. I think the reason The Salvation Army responds is to try to bring some peace to these difficult situations, maybe a word of comfort to a firefighter. We have a long history as an organisation that we will come and stand by people in times of need."

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