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Pictured: Thousands take in the action at the Scarva Sham Fight

The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The annual sham fight between King William and James takes place in Scarva on July 13th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Paul Reid, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim and Deputy Mayor Cheryl Johnston, with Boyd Rankin who took part of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Paul Reid, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim. Deputy Mayor Cheryl Johnston, David Hilditch MLA and Terry Clements take part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Paul Reid, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim and Deputy Mayor Cheryl Johnston take part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - General views of the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - David Hilditch MLA take part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2017 - Brian Dawson dressed as King William takes part in the re-enactment of the Siege of Carrickfergus Castle and the landing of King William at Castle Green, Carrickfergus. The event included re-enactment groups from across the Northern Oteland, all dressed in period costume followed by a Pageantry parade to meet King William upon his landing at Carrick Harbour.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS Parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
Sham Fight
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS King William defeats King James at the festivities at Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
13/07/17 PACEMAKER PRESS parades and festivities in Scarva. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS

By Christine Carrigan

Upwards of 100,000 visitors have made their way to the quaint Co Down village of Scarva to see John Adair's William of Orange once again vanquish his Boyne rival, King James.

Despite the foregone conclusion, Scarva's annual Sham Fight is the biggest one-day event, at a single location, anywhere in Northern Ireland. This year John Adair has reprised his role as William of Orange and King James is being played by John Cairns.

It is the 26th year that Adair has played William III - double the length of time the monarch reigned as King of England, Scotland and Ireland.

The two kings will be accompanied by a procession of soldiers in period dress through the village of Scarva.

At the top of the field where the re-enactment is staged is the chestnut tree where King William tied his horse on the way to the Battle of the Boyne and where his troops rested.

Thursday's event was hosted by the Sir Knight Alfred Buller Memorial RBP 1000, and its members have raised nearly £700,000 for various good causes since 2002.

Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution Millar Farr said: "It is amazing such a large-scale re-enactment and parade is organised on a yearly basis by a small team of volunteers.

"I pay tribute to the members of RBP 1000 who deserve to be commended for their ingenuity and commitment."

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