London has a long history with medals. Until a few years ago, probably the most famous medals awarded in London were for the winners of the annual marathon event, which is one of the most famous in the world. But medals have been presented in the UK capital for centuries before the inauguration of that race, and for a variety of purposes.
These days, we tend to think of medals as rewards for sporting excellence, or possibly winning a competition of some other kind. But people have used medals for many other reasons, and when it comes to personally engraved medals London has probably seen more than its fair share among the cities of the world. In bygone times, it was not uncommon for medals to be passed among social peers as tokens of friendship or regard. This is a tradition which has still not died out completely – to send someone a medal because you are to be separated from them for a substantial period of time, or to commemorate a common history is still a special and touching gesture we occasionally see. At other times, medals may be sent out to try to persuade or dissuade people from a course of action. It has been known for activists to send medals to those they thought may be influenced to support their political goals, or even for business leaders to send them to key associates in the hope of winning their favour.
Such uses for medals are now certainly the exception rather than the rule. The same can be said – to a lesser degree maybe – of medals which represent membership of a certain club or society. But all these cases have one thing in common, something which nicely illustrates why people have engraved medals made at all: they are all used to make the recipient feel valued and special, to encourage and inspire them in some way. This goal is also true in the more common types of engraved medals London suppliers may be asked for these days. For example, the presentation of medals to reward sporting achievement is a well established tradition, which continues at all levels of competition, from school sports days to national competitions involving professional athletes. The armed forces also have a strong heritage when it comes to such tokens, and the engraved medals London based soldiers have received across the years have often become museum pieces and collectors items.
Of course, the most significant presentation of engraved medals London has witnessed was at he recent Olympic games. Olympic medals have a proud history all of their own, and television images of winning athletes receiving their engraved medals influenced a generation of youngsters to take up sports in the hope of future success. Whether they reach the top of the sporting world, or settle to compete in local competitions, LRS Engravers will be there for them with a fine selection of awards suitable for personalisation.
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