Monty Python star’s plaque is found at former Melton school

The plaque for Monty Python star Graham Chapman is shown being unveiled at the entrance to King Edward VII School in Melton by his brother, Dr John Chapman (centre), schoolfriend John Bailey (left) and the then head teacher, Ken Walsh EMN-151218-165450001

The plaque for Monty Python star Graham Chapman is shown being unveiled at the entrance to King Edward VII School in Melton by his brother, Dr John Chapman (centre), schoolfriend John Bailey (left) and the then head teacher, Ken Walsh EMN-151218-165450001

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A farcical saga involving the suspected theft of a plaque honouring the late Monty Python star Graham Chapman took a new twist today when it emerged it has now been found in the building where it went missing from.

The blue plaque was put up 16 years ago at the entrance to Graham’s old school, King Edward VII, in Burton Road.

Comedian Graham Chapman, one of the founding members of Monty Python, attended Melton's King Edward VII Grammar School from 1953 to 1959 EMN-151218-165501001

Comedian Graham Chapman, one of the founding members of Monty Python, attended Melton's King Edward VII Grammar School from 1953 to 1959 EMN-151218-165501001

And it went missing some time after the school closed four years ago and workmen boarded up the building.

The Melton Times reported last week that the plaque had been confirmed as stolen leaving The Edwardians - a group of former students of the school, distraught.

But the organisation’s secretary, Brenda Munton, told us this afternoon: “The plaque has been found in an internal storage area within the building.

“County Hall have been informed and have instructed that it should now be kept in a safe place until a decision is made regarding the future of the building.”

Graham’s Python co-star, Michael Palin, who criticised the suspected theft of the blue plaque, had himself unveiled a green plaque a year ago. It was commissioned by Leicestershire County Council to mark one of the houses the late comedy performer lived at in Melton.

A decision will now have to be made about whether to put up the blue plaque at an alternative location or at the same site if it is developed.

After a Pythonesque farce over whether it had been stolen or not, it is apt that some of the words inscribed on it refer to Graham’s catchphrase, ‘this is getting far too silly’.