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Friday, 31 December, 1999, 18:59 GMT
In pictures: UK prepares for new millennium

The countdown has begun to the UK's millennium celebrations. BBC News Online captures the anticipation in pictures.


A salute is fired at Woolwich in London to mark the last 12 hours of the 20th Century



Crowds assemble in the capital



The funfair by Buckingham Palace proves a particular draw



Nottingham holds the last service of remembrance of the century



An unsafe pod puts a spoke in the wheel for the BA London Eye



But "aerialists" rehearse undeterred for the Millennium Dome opening ceremony



The Dome will be opened by the Queen just before midnight GMT



Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, lights one of the first of 10,000 beacons across the UK



Plymouth Hoe bids a military farewell to the century



The UK's last sunset of the second millennium, over the Scilly Isles




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