Pythons turn out to honour ‘very naughty boy’ at favourite pub

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The life of former Monty Python star Graham Chapman was remembered with a blue plaque in north London yesterday.

Fellow Pythons Michael Palin and Terry Jones unveiled the plaque and were joined by comedians and former colleagues Barry Cryer and Carol Cleveland.

The plaque is on the wall of The Angel Inn pub in Highgate which Palin referred to as “Graham’s manor”.

The memorial was organised by Chapman’s family and friends after English Heritage dropped plans for an official plaque due to budget cuts.

The plaque describes Chapman, who died in 1989, as “a very naughty” boy, and says that he “drank here often and copiously”.

Palin said: “This was Graham’s manor and Graham was a lovely guy. I spent many happy times with him, most of which I forget.

“This was where he was and we used to come up here to see him.

“Highgate was his patch and he should be celebrated because he was a very good, brilliant, funny, nice, wise, kind man, who occasionally drank too much.”

Palin said he believed Chapman would have been pleased that so many of his friends turned out to celebrate his life.

“I think he’d be suitably impressed that we all came along.”