MORE than 300 Territorial Army soldiers from the North-East will fly to Romania at the end of the month to build bridges between East and West.

The visit will be made by the Tyne Tees Regiment, which is based in Durham and has companies in Ashington, Newcastle, Bishop Auckland, Middlesbrough and Scarborough.

Exercise Carpathian Express will take place with Romanian troops in the east of country, including the Carpathian Mountains where troops will be watching out for bears and wolves. Other activities will include driving Romanian tanks and armoured vehicles, a trip to Bucharest, sports fixtures and visits to schools and hospitals.

An Army spokesman said: "The men and women of the Tyne Tees Regiment are well trained soldiers,but on this exercise they will also have to be diplomats, building trust and friendship between the two countries."