London Warms Up for England Victory Parade; Ticker-Tape Parade: Plans Are Already under Way for a Victory Celebration If England Win the Rugby World Cup. but It Is Expected to Dwarf the Parade, above, Which Saw Half a Million People Line London's Streets
Byline: AMAR SINGH
PLANS are being made for a victory parade which could see up to amillion people line the streets of the West End if England win the Rugby WorldCup.
Although team officials have insisted that they are not looking beyondSaturday's final in France, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Serviceconfirmed today that "preliminary work had begun on any possible victory orhomecoming parade".
In 2003, England's players paraded the Webb Ellis Cup through the streets ofcentral London in front of just over half a million people after winning thetournament in Australia.
However, with this year's World Cup attracting unprecedented public interest,police are braced for up to a million people this time should England defeatSouth Africa on Saturday.
World Cup organisers were also under increasing pressure to release the finalremaining tickets for the finalwhich will be watched by about 16 million people on TV. Officials were set tomake an announcement later today on how many seats will be available on theofficial World Cup site later this week.
England fans were waiting to discover this afternoon whether they were amongthe lucky few to win one of 1,000 seats allocated to the Rugby Football Union.Some supporters are paying up to [pounds sterling]4,000 each for a ticket on websites such aseBay, as demand continues to outweigh supply.
Paul Vaughan, the RFU's director of business operations, said demand was farhigher for tickets than for the tournament in 2003. …