Agreed with everyone in this topic .
The Corkscrews are stunning. Think about it, Boneshaker, Dynamo, Black Hole, the Swan Boats, all big parts of Alton were uncermoniously dumped by Tussauds, left to rot with no cares about the impact they had in the park.
With Merlin, even though they didn't own the park 30 years ago, know that Corkscrew was the most important ride ever added to Alton Towers. By adding them to the entrance as a kind of memorial, they've ensured that Corkscrew never really left as it is the first and last thing people will see at the park.
And I think thats marvellous.
To be fair, they did give Black Hole a send off event, and even delayed it's removal over the winter so people could ride it one last time in March 2005. After that, though...
Hopefully Merlin sort out the tent, either put a fitting replacement in or remove it and start from scratch, I don't really care, after Thirteen replaced Corkscrew, I trust them to replace it well eventually. I would love the tent to stay, though, as a memorial, like they did here, with a plaque. If not, I would love some sort of memorial near the entrance, maybe near the screws.