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Friday, 31 December, 1999, 10:45 GMT
In pictures: The millennium countdown

Into 2000
London will play host to the centrepiece of the UK's millennium celebrations.

After years of planning, the final touches are being put to what it is hoped will be the most spectacular party the capital has witnessed.




The magnificent Millennium Dome will be opened by the Queen and be the focal point for the country's celebrations.




Cheerleeding group the Honey bee's, from Bracknell, Berkshire, have a last minute practice ready to join the Millennium Parade through the city's streets.




Sunderland Mayor Ross Wares (right) hands the Millennium Beacon over to Minister for London Keith Hill, which the Queen will use to light the National Beacon on the River Thames.




Mike McCann, Keeper of the Great Clock, makes checks on the Big Ben bell which will mark the turn of the Millennium.




A performer goes through her paces during a rehearsal for the huge show taking place at the dome.




A high wire act will form part of the show, which will eventually be seen by millions of visitors.

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