It’s to be a sham in Scarva on 13th

From left, King James (Brian Johnston), Millar Farr, Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution, Billy Scott, Grand Registrar of the Royal Black Institution, and King William (John Adair) at the launch on the 2015 Sham Fight.
From left, King James (Brian Johnston), Millar Farr, Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution, Billy Scott, Grand Registrar of the Royal Black Institution, and King William (John Adair) at the launch on the 2015 Sham Fight.
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The Sham Fight at Scarva is firmly established as one of the major events on the Northern Ireland cultural and tourism calendar.

And key public bodies are now supporting the event to make it an even bigger family friendly day out.

This year’s Sham Fight, organised by RBP 1000, will take place in the County Down village on Tuesday, July 14.

The annual clash between King William and King James and the massive procession through the beautiful village attracts between 80,000 and 100,000 people.

This year funding has been secured from the Department of Trade and Enterprise/Tourism Northern Ireland, the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council and the Ulster Scots Agency.

The Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell, MLA, spoke at the launch of the event in Scarva on the evening of Thursday, June 18.

He said: “I welcome the opportunity to officially launch the Sham Fight at Scarva - the biggest one-day event at a single location in Northern Ireland.

“It is an amazing occasion packed with music and pageantry, a day the whole family can enjoy and an event that attracts tens of thousands of spectators from near and far.

“The continued success of the event is a huge credit to the organisers and I am pleased that my department, through Tourism NI, has been able to support them this year.”

The extra funding given to the organisers this year will be used to provide more stewards who will help manage the massive crowds attending the Sham Fight.

Video screens and other stage equipment will be provided for people to enjoy the day and a special marquee will be set up to allow visitors understand the history of the Royal Black Institution and the Sham Fight.

A website giving lots of details about the Sham Fight will go live at the end of June - stay alert online for further info.