Terry Jones makes first public appearance since revealing dementia diagnosis

Tom Butler - do not use
Senior UK Writer

Monty Python star Terry Jones received a standing ovation at the Bafta Cymru Awards last night where he collected a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to television and film.

It was Jones’ first public appearance since it was revealed that he’s been diagnosed with a severe form of dementia, and his Python co-star Michael Palin was there to present him the award.

Jones, who collected the Bafta trophy with his son Bill, told the crowd to “quieten down” before his son thanked the audience on his behalf.

Michael Palin (L) and Terry Jones arrive for the 25th British Academy Cymru Awards at St David’s Hall on October 2, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. Credit: Horwood/Getty Images

“It’s a great honour for Dad,” Bill said. “With the struggles we’re having at the moment it’s been hard, but we’re so proud of him.”

“His force of character and tireless workaholism kept us all up to the mark,” Palin said as he presented the award.

“Terry has been relentlessly prolific, whilst remaining the nicest man, and the most wonderful friend.

“For all the joy and the pleasure and the laughter and the stimulation he’s brought to so many people, I can think of no one more worthy of recognition tonight.”

The 74-year-old actor, comedian, and director has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, which affects his ability to communicate.

In a touching Facebook post Palin said the illness of his former writing partner is “painful to watch”, adding that “Terry doesn’t say very much but he smiles, laughs, recognises and responds, and I’m always pleased to see him.”

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