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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 01:08 GMT 02:08 UK
Mall is centre-stage for Jubilee finale
hell's angels
Hell's Angels will join the procession
Children, gospel singers and Hell's Angels are among the diverse range of people joining the Queen's Golden Jubilee parades along the Mall on Tuesday.

The series of parades, which wrap up the Jubilee festivities, will end with a spectacular flypast of 26 RAF aircraft.

On the ground, about 20,000 people from around the UK and Commonwealth will take part in six parades, kicking off at 1345 BST.

They will represent all the far-flung corners under the Queen's dominion - diverse in culture, creed, background, age and race .

What's on and when
1345: Notting Hill Carnival Procession
1430: Children's Procession
1500: Gospel Choir Procession
1545: The Queen arrives at Queen Victoria Memorial. Service Procession starts
1615: The 50 years procession
1635: Commonwealth Procession
1725: Balcony flags hanging
1740: RAF flypast
Times are estimated
Leading from the front - and the Trafalgar Square end of the Mall - will be a Notting Hill Carnival procession.

It will be the first time that the annual festival has been celebrated outside the streets of west London.

About 2,500 people will be involved in what is traditionally a shimmering river of sound and colour.

Next in line is the children's procession, which will show off the singing and dancing talents of 1,000 children coached by the Chicken Shed Theatre Group.

And adding a note of wonder for the first stage of the procession will be the largest ever choir of gospel singers.

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Notting Hill: Diversity on parade
Five thousand people led by Patti Boulaye will give the Queen a rousing chorus for her appearance at the Queen Victoria memorial at 1545.

Her appearance with the Duke of Edinburgh will be the cue for the second stage which begins with a procession to honour those behind the services that keep the country ticking, such as the fire brigade, police, St John's Ambulance, and defended, such as the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

But also look out for other uniformed outfits such as the Boys Brigades and Girl Guides.

And at 1615, for those who prefer a different kind of uniform, come the Hell's Angels.

Fifty bikers on machines reflecting the past 50 years of the Queen's reign, will roll down the Mall in a keynote expression of the diversity of the event.

Famous faces

Stunt riders, stilt walkers and five decades of vehicles will add an extra dimension to more floats, capturing the past 50 years in music, fashion and the arts and sciences.

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Star-spotters among the crowd should keep their eyes peeled for some famous faces on the floats.

Back on the theme of "the biggest ever", the Commonwealth procession kicks off at 1635 with the biggest collaborative 'art-work' ever.

Four 30ft high arches will form a "rainbow of wishes" containing 4,000 individual, hand drawn messages to the Queen from thousands of Commonwealth children.

Diversity is the name of the game with martial arts, sports groups, singers, dancers and drummers, from the tribes of southern Africa to the Haka dancers from New Zealand.

Then there's a chance to see Buckingham Palace as you have never seen it before.

A massive carpet of embroidered and knitted flags all sewn together by children across the Commonwealth will be hung from the balcony.

Accompanying all this activity at the Palace will be music on two stages facing the Victoria Memorial.

Choristers from St Keverne in Cornwall will be joined by steel orchestras, the pipes and drums of the Scots Guards.

But all eyes will no doubt be on the sky at 1740 BST when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will take their place on the Palace balcony for the RAF flypast of 26 aircraft followed by the Red Arrows and Concorde.

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