Commander of British Forces Major-General Bryan Dutton yesterday welcomed the agreement for a pre-handover 'sunset ceremony', but said no guest list had been drawn up for Britain's farewell party. 'It's very good news we've got it sorted out,' he said. 'We can now all get on with the practical things that need to be done. Now we've got an agreement, I've got to go and sort out a plan.' The general was speaking after Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind announced Britain would hold its own ceremony on the evening of June 30, before the official handover ceremony at midnight. But General Dutton did not rule out the possibility that members of the People's Liberation Army would be invited to the goodbye bash. Foreign Office spokesman Bill Dickson said dignitaries from the Chinese side would be invited. 'It will be a dignified, but also colourful ceremony,' he said. 'The Chinese side would certainly be invited as would other foreign dignitaries. 'Hong Kong and the United Kingdom go back a long way. They are part of each other's history. 'It is right that we should mark this long-standing history in an appropriate fashion before we run the flag down.' Government spokesman Kerry McGlynn said there would be a 'certain amount of pageantry, but certainly no triumphalism'. General Dutton will be liaising with the Hong Kong and British governments on the details of the ceremony. 'The guest lists are yet to be sorted out in detail. But I imagine many people coming to the handover ceremony will also come to the farewell . . . I have not thought it through yet. 'The farewell ceremony, the sunset ceremony, will give us the opportunity to express the end of the current relationship between Britain and Hong Kong. 'There's been a lot of emphasis recently on the fact that this is not the end of the relationship and I could not more heartily endorse that view. 'The relationship will be a continuing one. It's only that its nature will change. 'The ceremony won't be purely military. It will be joint military and civilian. The elements are yet to be discussed.' He said it would be held at East Tamar. 'With the marvellous backdrop of Hong Kong buildings on one side, and Hong Kong harbour on the other, it is a very appropriate place for us to say farewell.' At least five ships - the Plover, the Starling and the Peacock, a frigate and a cargo carrier - will be there on the night.