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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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Rantzen wished husband had seen her become Dame

Esther Rantzen Credit: PA Wire

TV presenter and campaigner Esther Rantzen said that her "greatest wish" is that her husband had lived to see her become a Dame.

The 74-year-old receives the honour for services to children and older people, having established telephone helplines Childline and The Silver Line.

Her husband of 30 years, Desmond Wilcox, died in 2000.

Dame Esther said: "I am thrilled that this honour recognises the contribution made by ChildLine and The Silver Line in transforming lives, and I am delighted that the talented teams at both charities have also been recognised for their inspirational work and devotion to the most vulnerable children and older people in our society.

"I feel completely committed to the work of both charities and it is a wonderful honour to receive in my 75th year. My greatest wish is that Desmond could be here to share this news - he would have been so excited."

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