Northern Ireland

Scarva: Thousands attend annual 'Sham Fight'

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Image caption The Sham Fight is an annual event in Scarva, County Down

Thousands of spectators braved the rain in Scarva, County Down, on Wednesday to attend the annual Sham Fight.

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Image caption The theatrical re-enactment shows the victory of William III of Orange over King James II
Image caption Arlene Foster made the trip to Scarva to be at the day's events

The event is a theatrical re-enactment of the victory of William III of Orange over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

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Image caption Rain fell as parades passed through the town on Wednesday
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Image caption Tens of thousands of people visited the town to watch the parades and re-enactment

This year tens of thousands of visitors - including Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster took part in or watched the days events.

The Pageant attracts thousands of members of the Royal Black Preceptory.

Ninety bands paraded through the village, followed by the re-enactment.

Image caption Actors took part in the re-enactment of the Battle of the Boyne

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