They should have Henry back but in the 1993 version in Red dungaress as the they don't make the original fur that was used for Henry.The 2005 version was not on par with the 1993 tausards version there was no movement in the head it just sat on the shoulders' Henry had so much character and that could not be seen in the new version.And when they did send him off to the Betty Ford Clinic in 1993 it was 1 mans decision and all of Alton Towers staff had a pertition to stop this but to no joy. And not long after he left. At the end of every season the costume dept made up 3 of every character and 4 of Henry as he was needed for on park and the ice show Magic show,Piazza show and parade. So there were all these new tausards Henrys with no use to them. I over the years have brought 16 original character costumes including 2 original Henrys both unused 1994 versions and are still perfect. John Brooking who made the original designs both drawings to costumes went to great lenths to get these for myself way back to 1998 when i brought my last costume the count. Henry is so part of Alton he would be a great asset to have back there.There was so much history to him and all the characters had back storys to fit in with the towers. Nowadays when a costume is worn out they just think of a new character and that lasts around three years and its on to the next.Most theme parks and such stick to a character and you go knowing that he or she will give you that lovely greeting put a smile on your face as you enter the park or see them roaming around. Something you don't see now. Back then Henry would greet guests at the start of the monorail station even sit with you till you got off the other end. He had sponsers From Coca Cola, Ladybird books had Three books available from stores all over the uk.Cannon had him in there adverts on tv for there cameras. He was on every piece of cafe utensils in the cafes around the park' he was on every member of staffs badge' every height chart for rides. And you could buy anything from a china thimble to Henry Carpet. Any how i've gone on far to much but back then they did things right not half cock. I would put photos on of my collection but i can't seem to do it. But if anyone wants to pm me i would send photos of all my Henry costumes and collection. I even have an original flag that flu in the entrance to the main park entrance also with Henry on its 10 feet by 12 feet.You did say he has not made an appearance since 2005 but when a older member of staff leaves or retires Henry makes an in house return as a nice surprise for them. He carries a suit case covered in labels of all the places hes been away visting. The Cuddly Bears also still exist and they are also time less and all they need is new fur bodys and there heads are fibre glass so never show age and are touched up easy, very Disney esque. And they were also so cute and had so much character. Alton Towers are really missing the point when it comes to Entertainment.
Alan Wagstaff who was head of Entertainment always said you must make the guest forget that there is a world outside of Alton Towers and make them believe in the magic and thats something you don't get these days.Rides are all good and well but you need somthing more to make your day special and Henry and friends did just that and more. If you look in the mascot section nearly all the photos are mine. Any how thats it from me and just my point and if you have never seen Henry or friends look on utube at his ice shows from 1993 and clips from the christmas ice shows. And if anyone wants any of the old shows i have every show he was in from 1988 to 1993 and all other shows up until 2000 i stoped filming them after that as the magic seem to leave.But it needs to return.
Now that my friend, is impressive! Yes, definitely definitely definitely bring him back. Henry Hound IS Alton Towers, an institution. Bringing back the character would be the start of rekindling the magic. We need a magic Gif, it comes up that often!