A cast of thousands took to the stage at East Tamar last night for Britain's farewell ceremony, with royalty, pipers and the stock exchange sharing the spotlight. About 2,000 performers took part in the 'Spirit of Hong Kong' section, backed by a mass choir of 650 adults and children, two 70-piece orchestras and 100 drummers. For the military, an honour guard of 80 members from each of the three services - British Army, Royal Navy and RAF - marched in perfect unison as 180 musicians from five military bands played. One hundred microphones and 500 lights ringed two stages covering 1,000 square metres. Fifteen kilometres of power cable connected everything at the arena, which took 150 workers about 10,000 man-hours to create. The performers came from the Chinese YMCA Secondary School, Chan Shu Kui Memorial School, Island School, King George V School, New Territories and Juveniles Association Leung Shing Tak Primary School, Sha Tin College, Sha Tin Junior College, St Stephen's College, the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association and West Island School. Dancers came from the Academy for Performing Arts, the Chapio School of Ballet and the Christine Liao School of Ballet. The dragon dance was performed by members of the Ha Hon Hung Sport Association and a tai chi demonstration was put on by the SKH Diocesan Welfare Council. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by David Atherton and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra was conducted by Yan Huichang. The drum salute was given by the students of Yim Hok-ma, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong International School, the Island Sun Drum, the Music Office and Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra. The Guards of Honour were provided by HMS Chatham and HMS Illustrious for the Navy, the Black Watch for the Army and the Queen's Colour Squadron for the RAF. The massed military bands were made up of members drawn from the Band of the Royal Marines, the Band of the Scots Guards, the Highland Band, the Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch and the Pipes and Drums of the Brigade of Gurkhas.