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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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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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