17th January1996: Brian Dunkley finally put Ken Barlow out of his misery and told him that he was having an affair with Denise Osbourne. Ken knew that Brian and his wife Alison - Denise's sister - were having marriage problems but had no idea Denise was involved. On finding out, Ken threw them both out of his house. The next day, Denise surprised Ken by admitting that he was right in calling her an unfit mother and then leaving with Brian. Having fought for parental rights over their son Daniel the previous year, Ken was now a single father.
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.
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