Animal – Hornet (Vespula Vulgaris for all you brains out there)
Colour – Yellow, Red and Black
Level of Ridiculousness – 6
Most common missile pelted with – Purple valour suit jackets and ridiculously shaped glasses
Let’s be honest, hornets are not exactly the most pleasant of animals, in fact the whole Vespidae species is, as a general rule, pretty horrible. However, fighting this lifelong stigma, Harry has emerged as one of the best all round Mascots currently working the circuit, updating his image every few years to stay ahead of the competition. A master of misdirection, Harry has also been known to dress up in various other guises to keep the general public on their toes. Most famously, in 2006 when
Perhaps the greatest day in Harry’s life came in August 1998 though, when he married local IT Insect, Harriet, at
Anyway……… a natural athlete from a young age, Harry has always been a serious contender in the epic Football Furlong, which takes place annually at Huntingdon Racecource, even streaking to victory (not literally) in the 2000 event -
Controversy surrounded the following year’s event however, when several other dissenting members of the mascot community feared another whitewash. While we will never truly know what happened on that fateful day in July, this much is clear: while Cyril the Swan created a diversion by cracking some female spectator in the face, Harry suffered a “fall,” which resulted in him breaking two ribs and having to withdraw from the race altogether. Enraged by what she saw, Harriet still pushed on and managed to finish second in the end, but for years, this incident haunted poor Harry. It was only last year in fact that Harry actually returned to running competitively, choosing the London Marathon for his big comeback, raising more than £15,000 for charity in the process.
Sadly, as is so often the case with philanthropists, Harry was brutally sacked this year, via text message no less, leaving his life in tatters. Some have suggested that Elton John got jealous of the costume and forced Harry out, while others have said that Harriet is making a play for the staring role after sleeping with the club’s kit manager. All that is clear is this: the fact that he was recently caught on camera telling a young fan in the
R.I.P Harry the Hornet/Hornetto, maybe one day the world will be once again ready to be intoxicated by your secreted venom.
UPDATE: Check out Harry's masterful appearance on Mascot Mastermind, a feast of Watford trivia.