Wed­ding beamed into lodge cin­ema

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY PETER MILLER

War­rackn­abeal cou­ple Gra­ham and Bev­er­ley Hobbs had re­signed them­selves to the re­al­i­sa­tion that they would have to miss their grand­daugh­ter Lauri’s wed­ding.

Lauri was get­ting mar­ried in Syd­ney and had or­gan­ised air­line tick­ets for her grand­par­ents to at­tend.

But a sharp de­cline in health made the trip im­pos­si­ble for the pair and all looked lost for the im­por­tant fam­ily event.

For­tu­nately, tech­nol­ogy was able to step in and save the day, along with close friends.

Mr Hobbs was in respite care at Ru­ral North­west Health’s Yar­ri­ambi­ack Lodge when the wed­ding date ar­rived and his wife had been at home con­va­lesc­ing from treat­ment.

A plan was de­vised for the pair to watch the wed­ding via Skype me­dia in the com­fort of the lodge’s Dal Monte cin­ema.

Their son Grant and his wife 0LFKHOOH ¿OPHG WKH )ULGD\ DIWHU noon wed­ding us­ing a drone and gim­bal and beamed it di­rectly to the big screen.

Fam­ily friends and tech­nowiz­ards John and Joan Thom­son were able to con­nect the cin­ema equip­ment to the broad­cast so the cou­ple could talk to Grant ZKLOH KH ZDV ¿OPLQJ WKH ZHG ding.

Mrs Hobbs was im­pressed with the tech­nol­ogy and that they could view the en­tire wed­ding in plush chairs from the cli­mate­con­trolled com­fort of the cin­ema.

“It was good that we were able to see the en­tire wed­ding,” Mrs Hobbs said.

“She looked lovely.”

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