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Birthplace of Optical Fibre Communication
As you enter Harlow in Essex you are greeted by the "Welcome to Harlow signs, Birthplace of optical fibre communication", as well as showing flags from twin towns Havirov (Czech Republic) and Velizy-Villacoublay (France).
Standard Telecommunication Laboratories (STL), which later became "Nortel" are quoted as saying: "The development of optical fibre was in Charles K Kao and George Hockham's paper while they were at STL
The engineers' research at STL, which opened in Harlow in 1956, led to a trial fibre-optic system starting between Hitchin and Stevenage in 1977 through which engineers could make phone calls.
The rush to use fibre optics led to them being positioned under the sea and roads across the UK where dug up to accommodate them, it was the internet boom in the 1990s that really took advantage of fibre optics. Full story HERE
During Winston Churchill’s time Harlow formed part of the Epping parliamentary constituency, the constituency was abolished for the February 1974 general election and divided between the seats of Chingford, Epping Forest and Harlow. From 1924 to 1951 Harlow was part of the home constituency of the greatest Prime Minster the UK had seen, Sir Winston Churchill.
You might want to include the fact that it is home to Britain's first ever residential tower block (which is a listed building), The Lawn, that the town now shares its name with the daughter of one of American 'It' girl's Nicole Ritchie, and these famous people come/lived in the town: Kevin Adams, actor from Fame Academy, Darren Ambrose - footballer (Charlton Athletic), John Baine (Attila the Stockbroker) - Poet, Michael Barrymore - TV personality, Jackie Brambles - former Radio 1 DJ Graham Cole - actor - currently in ITV's The Bill, Dominic Colenso - actor - starred in the 2004 Thunderbirds film, Peter Cousins - 2008 olympian, Michael French - actor Jade Goody - reality TV contestant, Steve Harris - bass guitarist from Iron Maiden, Glenn Hoddle - ex-footballer and former Tottenham Hotspur - Chelsea and England manager Griff Rhys Jones - attended junior school in the town, Nick Kamen, Levi's model and singer Richard Keogh - footballer (Bristol City), Billy Lunn - musician, Linda Lusardi - actress and former Page 3 Girl, Rik Mayall - actor and comedian, Shaun Murphy - professional snooker player, DJ Nihal - DJ and radio presenter Eddie Piller - DJ and record label entrepreneur - co-founder of Acid Jazz Records, Matthew Richards - footballer (Ipswich Town), Trevor Sorbie - famous hairdresser - Noel Thatcher MBE - Paralympic gold medallist John Urbanek - former Sunday Times "Diary of a Day Trader" columnist, Jessie Wallace - actress, Luke Young - footballer (Aston Villa) or that it is the home of some of the world's largest companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pitney Bowes, Raytheon and Oracle.