Of all places, you wouldn’t expect the remote Irish estate Castle Leslie near the border of Northern Ireland to be a-buzz with celebrity activity.
This week, however, the castle and estate in County Monaghan is a flurry of activity in preparation for Tuesday’s wedding of former Beatle Paul McCartney, 59, and his lady love, Heather Mills, 34.
The couple, who arrived in Ireland on Sunday, will be wed by a local priest at St. Salvator’s church at the castle, The Associated Press reports. Following the nuptials will be a spectacular party for 300 guests at the estate, which is now a luxury hotel.
The couple’s spokesman Geoff Baker declined to tell AP who would be attending the wedding, but London’s The Sun reports that stars such as Eric Clapton, Sting and, of course, the last remaining Beatle member, Ringo Starr, would be in attendance.
As organizers busily finished preparing the castle for the event, villagers complained the couple was not using local services and contributing to their economy, but having most of the decorations and services imported instead.
Local florist Aileen Scott told the AP that the flowers, including lilies and roses, were being shipped in from Holland.
“They are sourcing nothing at all at local level. Even the castle staff have been sent away so that they can bring in outsiders,” she said.