LONDON — A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney, for the second time in his life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride.
True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the building in 1969 when he married Linda Eastman, and only a few hundred showed up Sunday as he wed another American, Nancy Shevell, at the same registry office.
But the feeling this time was not regret at the loss of a bachelor heartthrob. Instead there was joy that McCartney, regarded as a national treasure and revered the world over, seemed happy again.
"I feel absolutely wonderful," the 69-year-old former Beatle told fans after the ceremony, attended by close family and friends, including Ringo Starr and Barbara Walters, a second cousin of the bride.
Gone was the memory of McCartney's terribly unhappy marriage to Heather Mills, which ended in 2008 in an ugly public divorce.
Remembered was his marriage to Eastman, a serene union that lasted nearly three decades until her life was cut short by breast cancer.
Shevell, 51, is independently wealthy and quite successful in her own right. She is a vice president of a lucrative New Jersey-based trucking company owned by her father.
The couple met four years ago in the Hamptons.