For a brief period in the early 1960s, the bar at Perth’s His Majesty’s Theatre attracted international media attention for its rollerskating hostesses.
Brigitta Suba (then Brigitta Bruijnesteijn) was one of the two servers who laced up white boot skates to work in the restaurant and bar.
“It was about ’62 and I used to nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital and the girls and I used to go skating at the Tivoli Garage in Hay Street at night,” Ms Suba told 720 ABC Perth.
“One night a gentleman approached me and introduced himself as Mr Stump, the publican at His Majesty’s Hotel, and said he had just started skating hostesses and would I come and see him.
"This is what I did and there was another girl called Nora and we both became the first skating hostesses in the world."
Born in the Netherlands, Ms Suba was an experienced ice skater, but rollerskating took some practice in the beginning.
"I got better as time went along," she recalled.
International media stars
The skating waitresses soon attracted international media attention and were featured in a British Pathé newsreel which showed them at work.
"Mr Stump got newspaper clippings from Scandinavia and Germany and all over and he put them in a huge frame in the hallway," Ms Suba said.
The clippings display appears today to be lost.
But the His Majesty's Theatre museum does hold an old Christmas Day menu from the hotel with the two hostesses on skates on the front.