Reverend Vaughan Roberts, from St Mary’s Church, Warwick, was performing a live-streaming service when a Zoom filter transformed the 62-year-old into one of the Blues Brothers. Roberts quipped: “At least it wasn’t Rambo or the Godfather.”
The Zoom filter added a classic John Belushi-style hat and sunglasses to the reverend who was unaware of the mishap.
“It just happened by complete chance,” said Roberts.
The priest’s technologically challenged wife accidentally turned the filter on while filming the live-streamed service.
“Filters are something she does not know how to turn off,” said Roberts.
“When I came forward to speak she realised a hat and glasses were on my face.
“After I was off-screen after doing the welcome, she sidled around to me looking horrified and whispered in my ear.
“She said ‘I don’t know what I’ve done but there’s a hat and glasses on your face and I don’t know how to turn it off.’”
The hilarious blunder which was initially viewed by only 30 people has now been viewed thousands of times on the church’s Facebook page.
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The nearly 900-year-old church is one of the largest in the UK and is renowned for its history and architecture.
The urgent repairs to the tower will help prevent it from closing with restoration work having started at the beginning of 2021.