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Super troupers bid Woolies farewell.

SUPER trouper Woolworths staff in Birmingham said it was 'nice knowing you' as the store closed for the final time along with 200 across the country.

Around 30 workers at the store in the Pallasades performed Abba favourite Super Trouper as the curtain came down on almost 100 years trading on the high street.

The Mamma Mia! soundtrack was the last CD in the shop before staff handed the keys back after 19 years in the centre. General manager David Hitchman said: "It was inevitable that it would be a sad day so I just wanted to make it a bit more fun.

"The last CD in the drawer was Mamma Mia!

For the past five days we have heard it over and over again so we thought we would do our own farewell performance.

Super trouper was the right song to praise a great team. They are now out of work but they are brilliant people."

Sue Thomas has worked for Woolworths on and off since 1980 when she got her first job as a Saturday girl.

The 44-year old motherof- three said the collapse of the chain had left five members of her family out of work.

She said: "I am absolutely devastated.

There have been lots of tears. My daughter Lucy worked at the Kings Heath store, her partner James worked at the Northfield store and his mum and sister worked for the one in Yardley."

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