On the Saturday evening of the twelfth of December 2009, Gibraltar held its collective breath. The 59th Miss World pageant was taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa and for the very first time Miss Gibraltar was on stage as one of the possible winners. When the winners name was called Gibraltar expelled its collective breath in an explosion of unbridled delight and joy which swept around our little Rock as Kaiane Aldorino, our beautiful 23year old representative was crowned Miss World. It has become an unforgettable moment.
Given a rapturous welcome home on 17th December, Kaiane was in the Mayors Parlour playing host to Special Olympics Gibraltar athletes the very next morning with warm smiles and hugs for all. It was a joyous occasion, a rare one too, it was first for all of us who were happy to be there.