No barbie - but city Aussies party anyway

Waving flags: Aussies Casey Askham and Nathan Francis are celebrating Australia Day
Waving flags: Aussies Casey Askham and Nathan Francis are celebrating Australia Day
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HAPPY Australia Day!

They might be rubbish at test cricket and making TV soaps but if there’s one thing they know how to do Down Under, it’s party.

And today Aussies across Sheffield will prove the point to commemorate the anniversary of the territory being colonised in 1788.

“It’s a national holiday that’s all about going out,” says Nathan Francis, a Perth native who has been living in Glossop Road for six months.

“In Australia they’ll be having barbecues, hanging out, having fun - and we’ll be doing exactly the same thing right here.”

He looks out the window. “Without the barbie, maybe.”

The 23-year-old will be joined by several Australian friends celebrating at - where else? - Aussie-theme pub, Walkabout in Carver Street. There, a party will tick off the stereotypes with cuddly kangaroos, a surfboard simulator and bush tucker trials.

Casey Askham, aged 28, from Melbourne, lives in Glossop Road with Nathan and works at the bar.

“I came to Sheffield as a base while I explore Europe, and I really like it,” she says. “But today my heart is back home.”

Money raised at Walkabout will go to the Queensland flood appeals.