BIG MILESTONE: Beau Sunderland celebrates his 21st year with an army-themed birthday party surrounded by 70 friends and family, many of whom had travelled far for the occasion.
BIG MILESTONE: Beau Sunderland celebrates his 21st year with an army-themed birthday party surrounded by 70 friends and family, many of whom had travelled far for the occasion. Contributed

Going commando part of 21st birthday celebration

IN KEEPING with a GI Joe theme, Beau Sunderland's 21st birthday included 'going commando'.

Despite his protests, Beau's family did the obligatory projector screen with embarrassing childhood moments.

"Mum had 1001 photos of me up for everyone to see, lots of them naked," he laughed,

"According to the massive stockpile, apparently I didn't wear pants until I was four."

The Gladstone local celebrated the milestone surrounded by 70 of his friends and family who travelled far and wide to be with him.

"My family is spread from Cairns to Sydney and they all pretty much made it," he said.

"Getting everyone together is pretty rare, but so good to have heaps of family around."

The celebration was held at the Army depot, where Beau is a Reserve.

"It was the best locations for all my friends from school and work," he said.

"There was room for a boom box, food, bar and my Tonka truck cake."

The night was made even more special by the arrival of Beau's mother, who shares the same birth date.

"Mum had me on her 21st birthday, so January 19 is a special day for her," he said.

"Mum and I ended up going out afterwards with everyone to Lightbox and the Reef and didn't get home until 4.30am, so we partied hard."

Beau said that while he didn't feel any different, this year was going to hold big things.

"It's like when you turn 18 and everyone expects you to feel different and older, but really it's just another number," he said.

"This year though I'm keeping my head down and working hard and push myself by coaching the under 15s footy team."



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