The boy with danger as a name
The World Buskers Festival can boast its first baby.
Busking couple Sam and Felicity Wills are the proud parents of a baby boy. And his middle name is Danger.
Sam Wills, aka The Boy With Tape On His Face, met wife Felicity, aka Lili La Scala, at the Christchurch festival. They got engaged at the festival in 2008 and married in the city in 2009.
Rafferty Basil Danger Wills was born on Monday, weighing in at 2.72 kilograms (six pounds).
Felicity Wills said from England that they wanted to make sure he had a name for whatever profession he chose.
"We thought Danger Wills was a good busker name. Basil Wills is a good accountant's name and Rafferty Wills is a good name if he wants to become an actor luvvie," she said.
"We thought it would be great if he could actually say, ‘Danger is my middle name'. That is just for us."
Sam Wills said Rafferty was his proudest "production".
"I have done some things in my time and played some pretty important shows, but this production tops them all," he said.
"He is beautiful, relaxed and calm. We had his baby checks [yesterday], which showed he is completely normal. If he grows up to be a busker, he will have to have a skill as the freak show option is out."
The couple live in England, where Sam Wills recently completed a West End run of his hit show, The Boy With Tape On His Face, in a London theatre.
Wills was relieved he decided not to come to the Christchurch festival this year as Rafferty was born about a month early.
"I have never been so happy to miss a festival," he said.
"It was a pretty close call as we talked about different options of me coming over, doing shows, then getting on a plane the moment the festival ended and getting back.
"In theory, it all would have worked, but when a baby decides that he is ready, there is no telling him to wait for 26 hours as daddy is on a plane.
"It would have broken me to not have been here for this, and even though I would love to be at the festival and, as a bonus, out of the snow, I have never been happier."