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Breakfast with Frost Sunday, 2 June, 2002, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
Interview with Lord Sterling
Lord Sterling
Lord Sterling
BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW: LORD STERLING JUNE 2ND, 2002

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DAVID FROST: Geoffrey there are, how many street parties do you think there are going to be?

GEOFFREY STERLING: I don't think we're able to really count those, they're happening literally all over the country, there's garden parties, there are private garden parties, in villages, in fact I'm going back to mine this afternoon for a couple of hours, I'm going to be judging the dog show part of it and then coming straight back here again. Everybody's out there and tomorrow of course will be huge and up to now I think we've got about 1,960-odd beacons compared with 102 in the Silver Jubilee.

DAVID FROST: Really, that, that's the comparison...and interestingly you said that the applications for beacons and street parties and all of that had a tremendous lift after the demonstration of love and sympathy for, for the Queen Mother, that sort of really focused people's mind on the family who live behind you?

GEOFFREY STERLING: I've always believed it was always there, I think back in January people said what about street parties? The answer when I had the pleasure of being here last time, who the devil organises a street party in January. I think it always was going to happen, I think what's happened is since the sad death but it has been something to celebrate the great life of the Queen Mother, I think it's con...it's made people conscious of the role of the Royal Family, particularly the Queen, her sense of dedication, what it's done and people also have to remember that it's during her reign that the Commonwealth has really been created and I think she's actually been the glue which has created a Commonwealth where we are today.

DAVID FROST: Yes from those Empire days and so on before that. And have there been any alarms and excursions that you, things that nearly went wrong or did go wrong, I mean you came in relatively late on with seven months to go to raise the 5 million and so on, but were there any tense moments?

GEOFFREY STERLING: No I think what is interesting when you've really got a relatively short time scale everybody gets savvy and the team of people who are really putting it together, all the un-sung heroes not just what we're all seeing at the moment, but whether it's the police, the transport, the emergency services, all the back up to make it so comfortable for families to come and enjoy this great carnival festival occasion.

DAVID FROST: And I thought last night the picnic hampers were a great success too?

GEOFFREY STERLING: Terrific, they really were, we didn't have to use the macs either.

DAVID FROST: No absolutely, well congratulations as it's going so well, we'll keep our fingers crossed for you.

GEOFFREY STERLING: It's going to be a wonderful next two...couple of days.

DAVID FROST: I'm sure it is, and now we've just got to get that weather right, haven't we?

GEOFFREY STERLING: It'll be alright...

DAVID FROST: Thank you very much indeed Geoffrey for being with us and for all your help.

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