Monty Python star Terry Jones has been commended for his outstanding contribution to television and film at the Bafta Cymru Awards – the first time he has appeared on stage since it was revealed he has a severe form of dementia.
The comedian and actor appeared on stage with his son Bill to collect the award, telling the crowd to “quieten down” before his son thanked the audience on his behalf.
Watch Jones collect the Bafta with his son in the video below.
🌠 'It's a great honour for dad… we're so proud of him'— BBC Wales News (@BBCWalesNews) October 2, 2016
Monty Python legend Terry Jones wins Bafta Cymru Outstanding Contribution award pic.twitter.com/iXc1Y105Fr
“It’s a great honour for Dad,” his son said. “With the struggles we’re having at the moment it’s been hard, but we’re so proud of him.”
Fellow Python Michael Palin presented the award at the event in Cardiff. “His force of character and tireless workaholism kept us all up to the mark,” he said.
Congratulations to Terry 'Creosote' Jones,a hugely imaginative writer,a great Monty Python director,the best Pepperpot,and a lovely friend— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) October 3, 2016
“Terry has been relentlessly prolific, whilst remaining the nicest man, and the most wonderful friend,” he added. “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.”
See the full segment from around 2 hours 16 minutes into this video.
At the end of September when Bafta Cymru first announced that he would be receiving the award, Jones’s representative revealed that he was suffering from Primary Progressive Aphasia, a type of dementia that has affected his ability to communicate.
Palin wrote a message online saying it was “painful to watch” his friend lose the ability to speak, but that he still sees him regularly.