By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 11, 2002 01:45 AM

The Paul McCartney-Heather Mills nuptials remained under a cloud of secrecy Tuesday afternoon, reports the Associated Press, which could only describe the peeling church bells within the walls of St. Salvator’s church in Glaslough, Ireland. The ringing sound, said the news service, was the sole clear sign that the ex-Beatle, 59, and the ex-model, 34, had exchanged their vows. The bells rang at 5:20 p.m. local time (12:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). From the ceremony within St. Sepulcher’s chapel on the grounds of Castle Leslie, the 300 guests then moved on to the reception in the castle proper, security guards told the news service. Among them was Ringo Starr, the only other surviving member of the Fab Four (and the only guest to be photographed arriving on the scene), as well as, according to various reports, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Twiggy, Eric Clapton and Bill Clinton. NBC News reported on Thursday’s “Today” show that McCartney’s three children by his late wife, Linda Eastman — in particular, fashion designer daughter Stella McCartney — were not pleased with their father marrying Mills, but attended in a gesture of support. McCartney’s spokesman Geoff Baker confirmed for AP that Beatles producer George Martin and Pink Floyd front man David Gilmour were among the invitees. “Among the guests there are some well-known musicians, so maybe they will have an impromptu performance. There are no plans, but at parties like this it’s possible they could all get up on stage,” said Baker, adding that the dress code was casual and the menu was strictly vegetarian.