Brian Foley was Esther Hayes' boss who developed a friendship outside the workplace with her in 1961. The pair began attending concerts together, visiting galleries, and when Esther was too ill to go on the trip to Blackpool, he sat with her to keep her company. When Esther's brother Tom re-entered her life and upset her, it was Brian whom Esther turned to for emotional support and it was Brian who told Tom that he wasn't welcome, prompting him to leave Weatherfield.

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