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Jack Jackson and his Band


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5.15 The Children's Hour
'The Waterways of England' - No. 2
'The Romans on the Dee'
A play by L. du Garde Peach
The Dee of the Romans - that is to say. the Dee of Chester, not the Dee of Aberdeen - rises in Wales and flows out into the Irish Sea. At low tide the estuary is all sand, through which the river flows in a narrow channel. The danger of the sea rushing in was shown in Charles Kingsley's 'Sands of Dee'. The total length of the river is only seventy miles.
It was a sacred river to the Ancient Britons, and its name is derived from the word Duw - divine.
On the north bank of the river lies the City of Chester. Its medieval, red sandstone walls are built on the old Roman walls; for Chester was a Roman fortress from about A.D. 60, called Deva or Deva Legionis, owing to its being the headquarters of the famous Twentieth Legion, known as Valeria Victrix.
Along the river old Roman roads and Roman remains still exist, and this afternoon L. du Garde Peach will fill in the picture, and children will hear something about the men who lived and built and fought along the Dee for four hundred years.


Writer: L. du Garde Peach

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