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Monty on the mend as Dom takes plunge at Hay.

PRESENTER and writer Monty Don said yesterday he intended to make a full recovery after suffering a minor stroke six weeks ago.

The 52-year-old was making his first public appearance at the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye since stepping down from Gardeners' World last week. In front of an audience of several hundred, Don said he was "very happy" to have relieved himself of the 12-hour day filming schedules while he recovers.

When asked about his health, Don said: "I'm fine actually. I'm fine and recovering well.

"I can't do regular....you know what TV is like with 12 hour days. I'm very happy to take that burden off me."

Don said he was enjoying "pottering around" since taking a break and commented on the number of people who said he was looking better lately.

To rapturous applause, he added: "I intend to make a full recovery and do what I can when I can."

Meanwhile, comic and presenter Dom Joly was among those taking a cooling dip in the nearby river after the effort of playing chess against Boris Spas sky - one of 20 opponents for the former world champion in a simultaneous match at the festival.

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Presenter Dom Joly braves the waters of the Wye at the Hay festival (above) while TV gardener Monty Don drew heartfelt applause in his first public appearance after a stroke (left)
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 27, 2008
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