Gong for poppy exhibit creators

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Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The creators of the spectacular sea of poppies that engulfed the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War will be honoured today.

Sculptor Paul Cummins, 37, and theatre designer Tom Piper, 50, will receive MBEs in recognition of the immensely popular Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.

The artists previously met William, along with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in August when the royals toured the powerful display of 888,246 ceramic poppies that progressively filled the moat at the Tower – one for each British or Colonial military death during the First World War.

Millions of people queued in all weathers to see the moving installation, which peaked on Armistice Day, November 11. In her Christmas message the Queen spoke of her own visit to see the poppies, saying: “The only possible reaction to walking among them was silence.”

Mr Cummins, from Chesterfield, receives his MBE for services to art and First World War commemorations. Mr Piper, from London, receives his for services to theatre and First World War commemorations.

Others being honoured today include business and former Dragons’ Den investor James Caan, who receives a CBE for services to entrepreneurship and charitable services through his James Caan Foundation.

Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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