11 MARCH 2004
Faced with separation from his wife and newborn daughter as he embarks on his next tour this May, Sir Paul McCartney has come up with the perfect solution – taking his family along for the ride.
Wife Heather and five-month-old daughter Beatrice will be heading out on the road with the legendary rocker as he performs 13 dates across Europe. The gesture echoes his earlier on-stage years with first wife, late photographer Linda. "Touring has always been very much a family affair for Paul," an insider told the Daily Express, adding later: "It goes right back to the days when he and Linda were accompanied by their kids from an early age."
Baby Beatrice, who will be travelling with her mum and dad to Madrid, Zurich, Prague, Oslo and Paris, came into the world last October. She is the first child for 35-year-old Heather, while former Beatle Sir Paul has three grown children - James, Mary and fashion designer Stella - from his marriage to Linda, who died in 1998.