HE might have been 751 years too late, but last weekend Victor the Knight rode into Evesham to commemorate the town's famous battle – on a train.

To mark a year since the 750th-anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Evesham, destination and retail centre The Valley launched its very own fictional knight character, who wowed hundreds of families who came to enjoy all things Knights.

Record crowds flocked to The Evesham Vale Light Railway, which put on a Knight Special that included a toy sword and shield. A quick stop on the train to The Valley Castle Playground and visitors' knight dreams came true as they were greeted by Victor, free archery sessions and some fun stocks run by the Evesham Sea Cadets.

Valley Centre manager Maria Hughes said: "We can’t believe a year has passed already since the town's celebrations of The Battle of Evesham. We wanted to do our small bit to continue the legacy of the Battle of Evesham. We also planning to include some historical battle information at our Castle Playground to help continue the story.”