The wedding will take place in 2002...

PAUL McCARTNEY has announced his engagement to girlfriend HEATHER MILLS.

After months of speculation, the couple confirmed they are to marry next year after the former Beatle proposed while on holiday in the Lake District on Monday (July 23).

Speaking in this morning’s The Sun newspaper (July 27), McCartney‘s official spokesperson Geoff Baker said: “They are blissfully happy and are very much in love. They have both got huge grins plastered across their faces.”

McCartney‘s first wife Linda died in 1998 after a long battle with cancer.