Tourists expected to flock to Scarva for sham fight

Over 100,000 people are expected in Scarva on Saturday, July 13, for the annual Thirteenth demonstration and sham fight.

The annual clash between King William and King James is now firmly established as a major tourist attraction.

The Royal Black Institution’s Sovereign Grand Master, Millar Farr, encouraged the public to come out and watch the event.

He said, “It is a wonderful event, organised by a local group of dedicated people, who ensure that the tens of thousands of spectators and the people taking part, can enjoy the day.

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster added, “The annual Scarva Sham Fight not only provides an insight into the culture and history of Northern Ireland but it is also a great day out for the whole family. ”

The procession leaves the assembly field on the Gilford Road at 11.15am. Eighty Preceptories of the Royal Black Institution will take part in the procession, joined by a wide range of bands to suit all tastes.

Tens of thousands of people will line the one mile route to the Demesne at the Loughbrickland end of the village. Tandragee District will lead the procession.

The organisation of the Sham Fight is the responsibility of Royal Black Perceptory 1000. King William is played by John Adair and King James by Colin Cairns.

A religious service will be held at 2pm on July 13, when the main speaker will be the Sovereign Grand Master.