THE WELSH KING OF COMEDY; TOP 30 NORTH WALIANS PART 8: Gs G to Monty Python's Terry Jones 'The Best Thing Ssels' Come out of North Wales since Conwy Mus

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THE WELSH KING OF COMEDY; TOP 30 NORTH WALIANS PART 8: Gs G to Monty Python's Terry Jones 'The Best Thing Ssels' Come out of North Wales since Conwy Mus


Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS

FROM Theatr Colwyn to the Hollywood Bowl, funnyman Terry Jones is arguably North Wales' greatest comedy export.

Born in Colwyn Bay, Jones went on to become an integral part of the hit television show Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Jones himself is fond of his Welsh roots and is patron of the Colwyn Bay theatre his family would frequent when he was a child.

Jones said: "I grew up hearing tales of my grandparents running the Colwyn Bay Amateur Operatic Society and staging Gilbert and Sullivan concerts on the pier every year, so it was great to finally break into Colwyn Bay showbiz as patron of the Theatr Colwyn."

Jones also admitted his good friend and fellow Python Michael Palin was right when he once said: "Terry resented leaving behind North Wales, the beaches, cliffs and parks, and he made a point of being as Welsh as possible for the next 15 years".

Jones said: "Yes I think that's true. I felt very deprived of my heritage, I was only about five when I left Colwyn Bay but I didn't want to leave at all. I certainly still identify very strongly with North Wales. The coast along Conwy has some of the most beautiful spots in the world."

As well as leaving behind the location, Jones' departure and subsequent visits back to Wales have won him friends and fans up and down the coast.

He received dozens of nominations from Daily Post readers, among them Bob Reeves, from Flint.

"Terry Jones was already a legend because of Monty Python but after meeting him once in Conwy I can tell you he is much more than that.

"It was only for a matter of seconds but he was happy, humble and making people feel better about themselves. He is a true gent and a giant of a man."

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v Colwyn Bay to of five, Jones still considers himself a true Welshman, and proved his credentials by becoming captain of his school rugby team.

Whilst at university in Oxford, he met up with one Michael Palin, and thus began a successful comedy writing team which spawned BBC hits such as The Late Show and the Frost Review show. They then met up with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle and the rest is history.

Jones not only wrote and performed with the Pythons but also directed many of their zany films, including the Holy Grail, the Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

After Python, he worked behind the scenes on other films such as Erik the Viking and Labyrinth, and has made many documentaries and television programmes, particularly about his great passion - medieval history.

He has written numerous editorials for daily newspapers condemning the Iraq war. Many of these were published in a paperback collection titled Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror.

His humble demeanour coupled with a rapier wit, intelligence and that Python link have made Jones a hit with people all over the world, not just here in North Wales, though Paul Roberts of Colwyn Bay is claiming him for his home town.

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