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McCartney Scatters Wife’s Ashes in England; Memorial Set in California

Times Staff and Wire Reports

Grief-stricken former Beatle Paul McCartney has scattered the ashes of his wife, Linda, in the pastures and woodlands she loved at the family farm in southern England, British newspapers reported Tuesday.

The Times of London said a brief and secret ceremony was held and the body was cremated just hours after her death from breast cancer in Santa Barbara on Friday. She was 56.

“Only Sir Paul and their four children were present after they decided not to tell even close family and friends until after the funeral,” the newspaper said.

The Mirror said McCartney and his children flew back to Britain in a chartered aircraft on Saturday.

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A candlelight-memorial concert and poetry reading honoring Linda McCartney is scheduled for 8 p.m. today in the sunken garden area at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

Dana Mazzetti of Santa Barbara, a friend of the couple for 30 years, said singer Eric Burden and other stars are planning to perform. The public is welcome to attend.


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