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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 August, 2003, 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK
McCartney daughter weds
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Fashion designer Stella McCartney is thought to have married on a Scottish island at a wedding attended by dozens of celebrities.

The daughter of the former Beatle, Sir Paul, married publisher Alasdhair Willis on Bute on Saturday.

More than 100 guests were taken by bus into a stately home amid tight security on the island.

Actress Liv Tyler was seen smiling for photographers on board one of three coaches which arrived at Mount Stuart shortly after 1500 BST.

It was Scotland's biggest celebrity wedding since the marriage of Madonna and Guy Ritchie in the Highlands in 2000.

On that occasion Ms McCartney was the designer of the pop star's wedding dress. Both Madonna and Ritchie were invited to Saturday's wedding and reception.

Chrissie Hynde and Kate Moss

They joined Kate Moss, former Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde and Coldplay's Chris Martin on Friday aboard the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Rothsay.

Some of the stars joined locals for a drink in the Station Bar at Wemyss Bay before making the journey.

Those seen on Rothesay on Saturday included James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri and Heather Mills-McCartney, who arrived at Prestwick Airport on Friday with her husband, Sir Paul.

Mount Stuart is a Victorian Gothic stately home set amid 300 acres of landscaped gardens.

It is owned by former Formula 1 racing driver Johnny Dumfries, the seventh Marquis of Bute.

There were reports that the couple, both aged 31, would be married in a Gothic chapel attached to the home.

Guy Ritchie and son Rocco
Guy Ritchie arrived with his son Rocco
Officials had said the house was hosting nothing more than a conference this weekend.

However, there were security guards at every entrance and cars with blacked out windows seen coming in and out during Saturday.

The chief executive of the area's tourist board, James Fraser, said the wedding would generate a huge amount of interest.

"We are thrilled Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis have decided to get married in the area," he said.

"The McCartney family has strong links with the region and have spent a great deal of time in Kintyre over the years.

"There is no doubt that Paul McCartney helped put the area on the international tourist map and we are sure this wedding will also boost visitor numbers - and even encourage more people to get hitched here."

Locals were delighted with the arrival of a host of celebrities on the island.

Paul 'happy'

About two hours before the wedding Sir Paul and Coldplay's Chris Martin were seen in a pub in Kingarth with a group of other guests.

Local classroom assistant Bridget Crowhurst, accompanied by 10-year-old daughter Lauren and friends, went into the pub.

"[Sir Paul] looked very happy and well.

"He seemed very relaxed and in fact he looked a lot younger than I thought he would.

"He was very pleasant and very polite."

Sir Paul was then reported to have stolen a chip from another schoolgirl in the group.




WATCH AND LISTEN
The BBC's John Morrison reports from Bute
"There have been a lot of stars wandering around"



SEE ALSO:
In pictures: Wedding bells on Bute
30 Aug 03  |  Photo Gallery
Degree honour for Stella
08 Jul 03  |  Scotland
McCartney tells fans of 'good news'
29 May 03  |  South Yorkshire
Scots tribute to Linda McCartney
01 Nov 02  |  Scotland
Madonna weds her Guy
23 Dec 00  |  Scotland


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