Artists and actors among New Year honours

The creators of the sea of poppies that engulfed the Tower of London and actors Joan Collins, James Corden and Sheridan Smith are among those receiving awards in the New Year Honours.

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Hillsborough campaigner awarded CBE in honours list

A campaigner who fought for justice for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

Margaret Aspinall, whose son James was killed in the tragedy when he was 18 years old, has been awarded a CBE for services to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died that day.

Margaret Aspinall's son James died during the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Hillsborough Family Support Group chair Mrs Aspinall was, along with group president Trevor Hicks, the driving force in a decades-long legal battle which ended with the quashing of earlier inquest verdicts.

"I feel so humble about it," she said after hearing the news. "We are at the inquests at the moment and to me that's the most important thing, so I was in a dilemma - do you accept or do you not accept? Because so many people were involved in all this."

"Then I thought there could not be a nicer way to end the year, to accept it on behalf of all those people involved."

New Year Honours for Tower of London poppies creators

The creators of the Tower of London's moving art installation of poppies have received MBEs in the New Year Honours list.

Paul Cummins and Tom Piper were given the awards in recognition of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which saw 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively fill the Tower's moat.

Each poppy represented a British or Colonial military death during the First World War.

The display took its name from the opening line of a poem written by a First World War soldier whose name no one knows.

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