ESS: on Her Majesty’s not so Secret Service
Friday, 19 April 2002
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is to treat Her Majesty the Queen to a presentation of half a century of fashion when she visits the area on 9 May 2002. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be guests of honour at an all day celebration of youth and fashion.

50 models (one for each year of Her Majesty’s reign) will put on a fashion spectacular that will reflect fashions from 1952 to the present day. Popular music from the different eras and a commentary on momentous events in the nation's history will complete the pageant.

"We have a great days celebration of youth planned for 9 May and we’re looking forward to the visit from The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. It’s a fairly simple idea really, but I think it’s a great way to celebrate the Golden Jubilee," commented a local authority representative.

ESS will provide a 50 metre by 12 metre stage for the show itself and a grand stand structure of 56 metres by 7 metres. A Royal Box, also from ESS, will be situated next to the stage. ESS has provided solutions at many Royal events including the hand over of Hong Kong from Britain to China, the 2000 Royal Military Tattoo in London and the VE and VJ day events in Hyde Park.

The Queen will arrive by helicopter and will be escorted over some suitably colour co-ordinated red track-way ground protection before taking her position for the event. John Wilson, ESS senior project manager for the event, said: "As an experienced provider of services to Royal and other State occasions for many years we understand the protocol and attention to detail required at events such as this. It’s quite unusual to be working so close to home, but with so much industry attention on the upcoming Golden Jubilee events calendar, it’s good for ESS to be involved so early on in the season."

(Lee Baldock)

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