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LONDON (AP) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney and American heiress Nancy Shevell were getting married Sunday after four years of dating, arriving at a central London town hall where they were met by a crowd of fans and paparazzi.
The loving couple waved to the hundreds who had gathered on the steps of Old Marylebone Town Hall for the big event. The dark-haired bride wore an elegant, above-the-knee ivory dress designed by McCartney’s daughter Stella. McCartney wore a dark suit, a somber tie, and a big grin as he climbed the town hall stairs.
Drummer Ringo Starr, the only other surviving member of the band that rocked the globe in the 1960s, arrived shortly before the ceremony along with other family and friends.
A tent had been set up at McCartney’s house nearby in the St. John’s Wood neighborhood, and party decorations and champagne were delivered for a gala reception after the ceremony.
McCartney’s traditional good luck seemed to hold _ gloomy skies brightened as the events unfolded. Rain early in the day had stopped.
Shevell, 51, is to become McCartney’s third wife. They were engaged earlier this year. The couple met in the Hamptons in Long Island, New York, shortly after the singer’s divorce from Heather Mills in 2008.
It will be Shevell’s second marriage. She seemed relaxed and radiant as she arrived for the ceremony, waving easily to the crowd.
Shevell, who is independently wealthy, was married for more than 20 years to attorney Bruce Blakeman and serves on the board of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She also is a vice president of a lucrative New Jersey-based trucking company owned by her father.
The marriage of the Beatle known as “the cute one” caused young women and girls to burst into tears outside the registry office, and broke the hearts of uncounted fans throughout the world.
While many rock and roll marriages from that era broke down, the McCartneys enjoyed a long, happy marriage for many years, raising four children and spending virtually every night together except when McCartney was briefly jailed in Japan on marijuana charges.
Linda played and sang in his successful post-Beatles band Wings _ even though critics thought she added little to the ensemble _ and used her marriage to a Beatle to promote vegetarianism and other causes that were also backed by McCartney.
Her life was cut short by breast cancer in 1998, leaving McCartney adrift.
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