Popular ABBA site to close

One of the internet’s most popular ABBA sites, the ABBA Picture Gallery, also known as Maggott’s ABBA Gallery, is to close down on 31 March 2009.

Webmaster Wayne (aka Maggott) writes on his website:

When I first started this in March 1999, it was always my intention to do this for exactly 10 years if I could. As ABBA only existed as a group for that length, I thought it was a fitting time to stop. Surprise, surprise – it has gone amazingly fast – so I am in awe in what they achieved in just one decade. Also when I started, there was virtually no sites devoted to ABBA, and very few pictures, few videos of them – again, what a difference the past decade has made. You Tube, wiki, blogs, bit torrents, virtual communities, – the list goes on. Today, most of it is a few button clicks away. The ABBA Community is an amazing community, devoted like no others. ABBA have become popular over and over, and their music is still being listened to and enjoyed by new and old fans alike. Thank you for such devotion.

It’s a shame to see the website go, and I’m sure it will be greatly missed. If you haven’t visited for a while, you’ve got a little under two months to do it.

I wish Wayne all the best for the future, and hope that he stays around the ABBA community that he writes about so fondly.

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4 Responses to “Popular ABBA site to close”

  1. Scandiaca Says:

    It´s a pity. It´s a great site!

  2. Frenchyvon Says:

    This site is THE absolute reference in terms of photographs, such as Sara’s for TV appearances.
    Please keep it the way it is !

  3. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi Wayne, Ian and all ABBA Fans Worldwide,

    It is true that nothing lasts forever!

    This is a Brilliant ABBA WEBSITE! I wish it could stay with us for a few more months!

    There are so many RARE and BEAUTIFUL pictures/photos etc.. of ABBA in here!

    It is a pity I haven’t had the opportunity to explore this ‘ABBA Picture Gallery’ website as much as I would have liked to in the past (while enjoying it with so much fun and pleasure), but this is how life goes!

    This is an AWESOME ABBA WEBSITE! I have to admit it!

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!

    Wayne, we love all your AMAZING efforts and achievements for your website!

    Farewell to the ‘GREAT ABBA Picture Gallery’! We will miss you and your wonderful owner Wayne forever.

    It is funny how I don’t even know YOU, Wayne, but feel somehow a bit connected to YOU right now through ABBA and their music and of course YOUR collection of beautiful ABBA pictures. (I feel a bit sad at the moment while writing this letter!)

    Wayne, I would like to wish YOU all the best for your future in everything YOU do!

    I hope YOU will enjoy what I can give through Sir ABBA Fan / (FAAB)IAN Cole’s websites!

    Take Care Now! And THANK YOU!

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

  4. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi WAYNE

    Thank YOU for allowing us ABBA FANS to still have an opportunity to surf through and download/save YOUR ABBA pictures for life.

    I still need more time!

    By the way I LOVE all those Agnetha and Frida autographed photos.

    I betther get back to your very UNIQUE website now!

    See you later!

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

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