26th November1999: The staff of Freshco's Weatherfield branch set off into the country for a team bonding weekend. Fred Elliott wangled an invitation thinking it would be a good opportunity for making business contacts and dragged Ashley Peacock along with him. He was horrified to find that it was an outward bound course in the rugged outdoors in YHA-type accomodation with limited dining facilities rather than a luxurious hotel with well-stacked bar and an inviting golf course. The first exercise for the team of six was to cross a river with planks laid across blocks during which Fred fell into the water when the thin plank beneath him broke, plunging him into the freezing November torrent. Worse was to come - the teams were woken at 1.30am, driven into the moors, given a map, compass, torch and told to make their own way back for breakfast which would finish at 8.30am sharp.
Ivy Brennan was the God-fearing mother of Brian Tilsley and mother-in-law of Gail. A long-term employee at Baldwin's Casuals, Ivy was a resident of 5 Coronation Street from 1979 to 1994. Prior to living in the Street, Ivy had been employed at the Mark Brittain Warehouse and between 1976 and 1989 she was a machinist at Baldwin's denim factory, also serving as shop steward and supervisor at various times. She was never afraid to speak her mind and frequently stood up to Mike on behalf of her colleagues, including Ida Clough and best friend Vera Duckworth. 1979 saw Ivy, her husband Bert and 20-year-old son Brian move into No.5 and Brian fly the nest to marry Gail Potter. As a widow, Ivy's attentions were focused on Brian's family, including her grandchildren Nicky and Sarah Louise who Ivy doted on. A staunch Catholic, Ivy disapproved of Brian and Gail's decision to separate and ultimately divorce. After Brian was killed in a stabbing in 1989, Ivy continued to meddle under the guise of protecting his memory, notably attempting to thwart Gail's second husband Martin Platt's plans to adopt Brian's children.
"D'ya know, I remember when me and our Jack first got wed. He couldn't wait to spend time wi' me... you know? Now it's 'Ooh I've got headache', 'Ooh I'm watchin' snooker', 'Got a pint in?'. Makes yer flamin' sick!"
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