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The world salutes Marconi
Lady Mary Holborrow
The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall sends a royal message to Canada.

It has taken 18 months of hard work and a few tears but finally the Marconi Centre is open.

All eyes were on Poldhu on December 12 as the trans-Atlantic leap was celebrated in style.


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+ Cornwall celebrates the achievements of Marconi.

+ It was 100 years ago Marconi made his historic leap across the Atlantic

+ His Grandson was at the Cornish celebrations. He was delighted the memory of his Grandfather is being kept alive

+ A message was sent from the Queen to the people of Canada.


It was on December 12 1901 that Guglielmo Marconi made his historic trans-Atlantic wireless leap.

The message, sent from Poldhu in West Cornwall, was received by Marconi in Newfoundland.

100 years later and the world's media arrived at the new Marconi Centre in Cornwall to celebrate the centenary.

The first trans-Atlantic wireless signal was recreated again to mark the centenary.

A message was sent across the Atlantic from Poldhu to Newfoundland from the Queen. The message to the people of Canada was read by Lady Mary Holborrow, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

Across the field near the remains of Marconi's original building where he transmitted, his grandson was to send a message to Signal Hill in Newfoundland.

Marconi's Grandson
Marconi's Grandson carries out the centenary transmission.

He was going to use a spark gap transmitter built by the Royal Navy Training school, Thunderer Squadron. The equipment was similar to that used successfully by Marconi in 1901.

At 4pm exactly Mr Marconi used the equipment to send a message spelling out the letter "S" in morse code.

The three dots were successfully received in Signal Hill. They responded with the letter "R".

The experiment was carried out to the second to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the original trans-Atlantic Leap in 1901.

It was on December 12 1901 that Marconi was able to silence his critics proving his wireless system could travel around the curvature of the earth.

It was on December 12 2001 the world saluted the man who changed the way we communicate forever.

See our special Marconi photographs which celebrates the centenary.

The new centre started as a dream 18 months ago. Read our feature on how the Marconi centre was born.





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