AN ARMY recruiting drive will be taking to the streets in a North-East town next week.

The Green Howards regiment, some of whose members will shortly be patrolling parts of Afghanistan, are targeting Middlesbrough for recruits.

A recruiting team, made up of men from the Middlesbrough area and North Yorkshire, will encourage young men to join up for an Army career.

The Green Howards recruiting caravan will visit strategic parts of the town.

The 1st Battalion the Green Howards is currently serving in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland. The battalion will move to Chepstow, on the Welsh border, in January, before flying out to Afghanistan for a six-month tour of duty, in April.

Following that, the battalion will travel to central America, for jungle training in Belize.

Captain Steve Mincher, who heads the Green Howards' regimental recruiting team, said: "The move to Afghanistan has only just been announced, and it offers a great opportunity for our lads.

"We hope that as many local lads as possible will make contact with us and will join us in the Green Howards.''

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