Scarva: Thousands attend annual 'Sham Fight'

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Image caption, Thousands of spectators attended the annual Sham Fight in the County Down village of Scarva on Friday
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Image caption, The event is a theatrical re-enactment of the victory of King William III over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690
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Image caption, The result is never really in doubt
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Image caption, About 20 actors and four horses take part in the re-enactment, organised by the Royal Black Preceptory
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Image caption, James II, who had converted to Catholicism about 20 years earlier, fled from England and lost his crown to his son-in-law William of Orange, a Dutch-born Protestant
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Image caption, In March 1689, James II landed in Ireland and raised an army with French support
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Image caption, James' aim was to use Ireland as a base to invade England and regain his throne.
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Image caption, In response, William of Orange, also known as King Billy, raised a huge invasion force, the largest Ireland had ever seen
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Image caption, William decisively defeated his father-in-law's forces and continued to rule for the next 12 years
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Image caption, James died in exile in France in 1701, William died the following year, weeks after a horse-riding accident