Bob's brother Michael Hagen is currently involved with Rugby League.
Bob and Laurel now live on the Sunshine Coast, and she shared with me some of her memories. One of those included Wickety Wak.
Not one person who lived in Bracken Ridge back then could possibly forget the amazing talent of the boys, who began their career at the Bracken Ridge Tavern.
Greg Doolan, Tony Jeffrey, Pahnie Jantzen, Rob Rosenlund, and Peter Mackay. Each one had their own individual style. But Pahnie's renditions of Louis Armstrong songs, brought out the goosebumps.
Rob's impersonation of Kermit the Frog (from Sesame Street) and Peter's take on Joe Cocker and Willie Nelson were crowd pleasers.
The one thing that was certain, was that they were fun, and they certainly gave our endorphins a work out. Laugh till you cried. All in a time when the world around us was in a much different place, not quite as serious as it is now.
Sadly Pahnie died and the Group is now the called the Wak. Rob Rosenlund also performs solo and is still composing music and poems.
Rob was a local resident. These days you can still see them perform, 40 years later. Still singing those very popular songs, and still dressing up in their favourite costumes. Thanks for the memories guys!
A Word from Rob Rosenlund
Owner Ben White says the evening will be a great opportunity for past and present staff, suppliers and patrons to reunite, reminisce and celebrate. “The hotel was opened in the 1970s, so we are winding back the clock with dishes and beverages from the era, including Hardy’s wine, which was served at the time,” Ben says.
“Suppliers will be providing great games for patrons to play and some pretty cool prizes will be also be up for grabs.” The tavern’s rich history began in March 1975, with the White family acquiring it in 1980. Michael and Jenny White, together with their son Ben, have operated the tavern for the past 35 years.
The Whites, who have always been innovative in their management of the popular watering hole, have steered the BRT through many phases throughout the years, and general manager Ben White says the family prides itself on providing “something for everyone”. “We like to go the extra mile and get a real kick when someone new comes to the BRT, and we exceed their expectations with what we offer here,” he says.
The 40th birthday bash will feature drinks at 1975 prices from noon to 2pm, free entry and DJ Hunter will hit the stage from 8pm to spin all your faves from the era of huge afros and towering platform shoes. “It’s going to be a great occasion where staff and supporters, both old and new, can come together and reconnect,” Ben says.
“We have employed many staff and served many patrons over the years, so everyone is excited to come back and catch up at the event.”