30 July 2012
For over ninety years the City of London Police has reigned as the UK’s Olympic tug-of-war champions. City Police teams won the gold medal for the event in 1908, shared silver in 1912 and won gold again in 1920, the last time the tug-of-war appeared as an Olympic event.
It is believed that the sport was discontinued because of controversies surrounding its rules but the 1920 event was conducted in peace with Great Britain winning all six of its pulls. Their team consisted of several former and current members of the London police.
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The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation. It supports and promotes the City as the world leader in international finance and business services and provides local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile. It also provides valued services to London and the nation. These include the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; the Guildhall Library and Art Gallery and London Metropolitan Archive; education (including three independent schools and sponsor of three City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and the Millennium Bridge); the Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey; over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest), and three wholesale food markets. It is also London’s Port Health Authority and runs the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. It works in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on the regeneration of surrounding areas and the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust, makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects in London.