THE wait is finally over.

After weeks of voting, readers have chosen the winner of our Bonnie Babies 2017 competition.

The contest was run in conjunction with our sister paper the Border Telegraph and this week we can reveal that one-year-old Luciana De Vito, from Galashiels, has been crowned the winner.

Proud mum Celeste De Vito told us: “We had a really rough 2017, so the news that my girl has won the Bonnie Babies competition is a wonderful start to 2018.

“In March last year, Luciana’s dad died when she was three and a half months old. She had been christened just five days before. Her dad would be really proud of her.”

And Celeste has revealed she plans to donate the £300 cash prize to charity: “I’ll be donating the money to Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, the charity offers support to people who have experience the loss of someone else.

“I want to donate it because there may be kids who have lost a parent who may not have a support network like Luciana does.

“I would like to thank all of the readers for voting for her.”