Memorial service for ?our? Glad
A MEMORIAL service will be held tomorrow to celebrate the life of one of Coffs Harbour's best-loved identities, Glad Peterson.
Ms Peterson lived in Camperdown Street overlooking the Jetty Beach from 1967 and had been well-known from the early 1970s as a yoga teacher and advocate of alternative health remedies.
In the 1970s she had her own pioneering yoga program on local television, which was one of the first 'healthy lifestyle' programs of its kind in Australia.
Ms Peterson, who was christened Gladys but known to everyone as Glad, taught yoga and relaxation techniques to hundreds of students ranging from fishermen and banana growers suffering from bad backs to housewives, workers and hippies living in the hills around Coffs.
One of Glad's nephews, Peter Wilson, who now lives in London but often spent holidays in Coffs with his aunt, said that for many years students who could not afford to pay in cash would leave bananas, vegetables, herbs and fish on her doorstep as payment.
"For decades Glad was a fixture on the Jetty Beach, swimming there every morning no matter what the weather was like," Mr Wilson said.
"If you walked around the streets anywhere near the beach with Glad there would be people constantly yelling hello or tooting their horns as they drove past."
Glad moved to Coffs from Melbourne in 1967 and quickly built a large following as a yoga teacher.
Glad never married but had many relatives who often visited her in Coffs.
She spent some time in the 1980s caring for her elderly mother in Melbourne but wasted no time getting back to her beloved Coffs.
Ms Peterson suffered a heart attack in her sleep on April 7 at the age of 69.
Friends are invited to a memorial service in her honour at 10am tomorrow at the Hogbin Drive Crematorium and Memorial Gardens.