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McCartney Weds in Ireland

Ringo, George Martin among attendees at today's ceremony

June 11, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Paul McCartney married Heather Mills today at a castle in rural Glaslough, Ireland. The marriage is the second for both the fifty-nine-year-old former Beatle, whose wife of twenty-nine years Linda died in 1998, and Mills, a thirty-four-year-old former model.

The ceremony took place at 4:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (11:00 a.m. ET), and bells ringing inside the Protestant chapel on the castle grounds at 5:20 announced that vows had been exchanged.

The couple met in 1999 at a charity function hosted by Mills, who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident and now raises money for children disabled in war, and became engaged in 2001.

Three hundred family members and friends -- including fellow former Beatle Ringo Starr, the band's producer Sir George Martin, Eric Clapton, Elton John and David Gilmour -- attended the nuptials.

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