MONTY PYTHON star Terry Jones says he is making a "miraculous recovery" after being diagnosed with the early stages of bowel cancer.
The Colwyn Bay-born comedian was this week seen strolling hand-in-hand with his 23-year-old girlfriend just days after surgery.
The 64-year-old said, "I feel great. I've fully recovered. It's miraculous. They got it early and the operation went well.
"It's amazing really. I'm already going for walks on the [Hampstead] Heath and pints in the pub."
The writer visited his local pub in North London with language student Anna Soderstrom to toast his health only nine days after a cancerous growth was removed from his bowel.
Jones had been forced to pull out from directing new movie Children of the Stones, while he rests following surgery.
But he has kept his sense of humour throughout the treatment.
The quote on his website said, "Unfortunately, my illness is not nearly bad enough to sell many newspapers, and the prognosis is even more disappointing."
And the internet get well card has been closed now as the website claims that by the time Jones receives it he will be fully fit.
Doctors told Jones he had cancer days before the opening of the successful West End musical Spamalot, based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
However, the writer and comedian still attended the event to pose for pictures with his former Python colleagues.