Geordie GEM’s

GEM-Nominations1The Geordie Empire Medal or GEM for short is an online medal which is given in recognition of a recipients service to either their local Geordie community and/or for enhancing the larger profile and reputation of Geordieland & Geordies around the world.

Geordie’s who are nominated and then accepted as a GEM will be awarded with an online Geordie Empire Medal,  given in recognition of  services to the people, towns & cities of the Geordieland, as well as enhancing the profile and reputation of Geordies around the world.

The recipients will of course (If they wish), then be able to put the abbreviation “GEM” after their name and naturally refer to themselves as a real GEM.

The Geordie Empire Medal is inspired by the now defunct & snobby British Empire Medal which is no longer awarded to citizens in the UK, however, unlike the BEM, class or rank has absolutely no bearing on whether someone can be nominated and awarded one.

It also makes no difference whether the nominated recipient is perceived as military class, upper class, middle class, working class, lower working class & naturally ( of course  😉 ) non working class because you can nominate who ever you wish to be considered for a GEM.

However, before we can award a Geordie Empire Medal we need you to nominate someone who you believe deserves one.

Catherine Cookson Dame of the British Empire DBE GEM – Literature

Catherine Cookson, Dame of the British Empire (DBE), the world renowned Geordie author. Catherine Cookson, fits in with anyone’s description of a true Geordie as she was actually born on the banks of the river Tyne in Tyne Dock South Shields. Catherine Cookson went on to become both one of the UK’s and the Worlds most widely …

Dr Keith Armstrong – GEM – Literature

Listenupnorth nominated poet Dr Keith Armstrong for a Geordie Gem. Not only does he write wonderfully evocative words about the North-East but he also upholds its heritage and culture and has recently been involved in several projects including a blue plaque on The Quayside for pamphleteer Thomas Spence and producing a book called ‘From Segedunum to …

Leslie Cuthbertson GEM – Conspicuous Gallantry

Nominated By The Tynesider – Private Leslie Cuthbertson. 19 year old Geordie lad Private Leslie Cuthbertson was a miner’s son who was born in Gateshead and lived in the Sandyford area of Newcastle Upon Tyne. During the war Leslie was a trainee dentist who along with his Sergeant, New Zealander Peter King, decided to invade …

Sir Bobby Robson – GEM – Sport & Charity

Sir Bobby Robson is a true Geordie Gem who set an example all of “us” Geordies can aspire to follow. Not long before he left us, Bobby thanked all those who helped him to raise over £1.2 million to open a reseach centre for the Sir Bobby Robson foundation  Sir Bobby is hereby awarded the …

Nominate Someone For A GEM

A Geordie Empire Medal or GEM for short, are our online nomination awards, given in recognition of a recipients service to Geordie communities and for enhancing the profile and reputation of Geordies around the world. Do you know a GEM?. Then let us know why you believe they should be awarded a Geordie Empire Medal. …