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Miss Bermuda Katherine Arnfield flew home yesterday after a whirlwind time in Bali at the Miss World Pageant — and a 46-hour trip back.

The Smith's teen thanked the Island for the wave of support that pushed her to 12th place out of 131 contestants in the pageant's People's Choice Awards.

“It was really cool getting there with Bermuda's help,” she said. “Even though it's such a tiny island, I got more support than I've seen from most countries.”

Saturday's finals were ultimately won by Megan Young from the Philippines.

Undaunted at falling short of the world crown, the 17-year-old said she had a year of activities ahead of her as Miss Bermuda.

And, among her new friends, Ms Arnfield now counts Miss Jamaica, Miss Bahamas, Miss Bolivia and Miss Finland.

Protests in Indonesia failed to mar the pageant, she added.

“Security was very tight,” Ms Arnfield recalled, adding that 700 police, two warships and helicopters watched over the close of the pageant.

The 6am to midnight schedule meant she seldom saw parents Alex and Margaret, and got little time for recreation, but Ms Arnfield praised Bali as “gorgeous” and its people as friendly.

She fielded a large number of questions about the Bermuda Triangle, however.

Local pageant organiser Milika Trott-Seymour was on hand with a bouquet of flowers to welcome her back.

Asked what lies ahead, Miss Bermuda said she'd be happy to share what she's learned and help others with training.

“It's a great experience, and I don't regret it,” she said, advising others: “Go for it.”

Now initiated into the competitive world of modelling, Ms Arnfield warned: “It's tough out there — everybody's nice, but the competition is great.”

Travelling home, she had the unexpected surprise of getting recognised and photographed during a Dubai layover.

In the meantime, however, she has a day in school waiting back in Saltus.

Said Ms Trott-Seymour: “She's missed a month — now she had to get back to her studies.”

Back home: Miss Bermuda Katherine Arnfield (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published October 01, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 01, 2013 at 12:36 am)

Miss Bermuda thanks Island for support on return home

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