The Broadway
Oldham Rd, Failsworth


Tony Hulme & the dancers back stage at the BROADWAY late 1974 when we had just been told that Doug Flood was stopping the cabaret & going disco.

Mike Hammond

This was one of the "big" clubs during the cabaret club boom in the late 60s and seventies and had a resident band if I recall correctly, rather than just organist and drummer. It was on Oldham Road Failsworth, just past the junction with Broadway on the way towards Oldham. I played there with Sweet Life (elsewhere on this site) a couple of times in probably 1968 or 69.

Although my musical career (I use the term loosely) up to 1980 (when I became more rock/pop oriented)was in cabaret I was a bit frustrated because whenever we tried something different it met with mixed reaction from the cabaret audiences.
Example - I arranged a version of "Rain" by the Beatles, nice harmonies, nice arrangement, and it seemed to baffle the audience because it had been a B side of I think Paperback Writer (maybe?) and obviously they only knew the A sides.

However, I recall that the club itself was really good. Last time I saw it, it had become a Jehova's Witnesses church. That was years ago so I don't know what it is now.

Bob Ainsworth

How well I remember that club ---- I used to date a guy called Terry Blezzard (who I believe was closely related to the owner).  My absolute favourite act there was:  Ronnie Dukes and Ricki Lee.   Marvellous.  Unfortunately Ronnie died very suddenly - but nobody could tell a mother-in-law joke quite like Ronnie. Loved the way he used to bounce around on stage.  And when Ricki came onto the stage in a Nun's habit and sang Ave Maria --- WOW.  

I remember there being a fire at the club round about 1970.  Is it still there???


I used to work the "Broadway" Frequently, when Bunny Lewis was the host there.
The audience used to clap him on when he would "cascade" down the stairs from the dressing room. Great character.
I worked ALL the "First house" group venues. Fantastic days,when audiences were so appreciative. All gone now.

Tony Garcia

Hi all,went past the "Broadway Club" today it was being pulled down 10/10/13,Played there a few times with my group "THE SCALES OF JUSTICE". In the 60's, great memories of the acts & stars who appeared there, Carl (Drummer).

Carl Dolan

I worked on the construction of the Broadway Club when I was with my father's firm, Hall and Hague Ltd. Dell Hickson designed the inside and outside. He was our draughtsman at the time. Dougie Flood had many a stand-up row with my dad, usually over money.

One of the bars we constructed was surfaced with one penny pieces set in resin.

Another designer who worked for us was called Tony Merrick. He recorded "Lady Jane" by the Stones and it got to number 40, I think.

Colin Hall

My late Father Billy Waterhouse worked there as a waiter in the early seventies including when it caught fire he also worked at Dougie Floods other clubs 'The Northern in Harpurhey, and Blighty's in Farnworth. regards

David Waterhouse

There was a disco upstairs with a dance floor that lit up in squares, very like the one in Envy today.  I remember in the mid 70s seeing Tommy Cooper, it was classed as one of the posher Oldham nightclubs.  Didn't know it had been demolished, so sad, another memory of my youth gone.  I believe there is also planning approval to demolish the Gaumont (with its many future names), although I believe it is in use, let's hope this piece of history doesn't go as well. 

Pam Taylor



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Sue Carol says...
I remember working at the Broadway as part of the show for the Summerland Disaster Appeal. I had a double to go to and missed the Ukrainian Cossack Brotherhood so didn't get to meet up with them until many years later when I was working in ... Read More
23rd March 2014 9:51pm
Lavinia Buckley says...
I remember the Broadway Club met my husband in 1969 there I used to go every wed/fri/sat nights remember the resident group The Denvers and Tony Hulme compare numerous artist lovely memories of my youth been married 43 years thank Broadway club ... Read More
13th July 2014 6:02pm
Alan Thompson says...
To Sue Carol, I did a tour with Billy, the support was Freda Payne on that tour, can't remember the date I worked with them but they were all booked via Malcolm Feld's agency.
14th June 2015 6:29am
Brian Spooner says...
Played the Broadway as keyboard player with Jeff High and the Highjacks around 1960.
5th April 2014 3:01am
Rob Parkes says...
We topped the bill at the Broadway with my band Sweet Dreams (Polly Brown ex Pickettywitch lead vocals). At the time Pete Mclaine was compere.Happy days !!!
7th May 2014 9:20am
Mike Hammond says...
I was the singer in the Broadways resident group The Music Shop from about mid 1972 until Dougy Flood decided to go Disco 1975( big mistake )We also played gigs at all Dougy's other clubs even Queens in Alderly Edge. Many happy memories there ... Read More
6th August 2014 10:20pm
trevor byrom says...
I worked at the broadway club in the late sixties, did the lights and sound and stage managed what a fabulous place and the best job I have ever had.Tony Hulme was the compare the band leader was called Charlie and the co owner was Jerry Slinger I ... Read More
13th December 2014 5:41am
26th April 2015 12:28am
Marlene Laing says...
My late husband Jim Laing worked at the Broadway Club on the door for a number of years. After the fire he went to The Northern and Blighty's but returned to the Broadway when it re-opened. Dougie Flood's mother-in-law Lois worked on the ... Read More
19th December 2014 9:04am
harry procter says...
Marlene, so sorry to hear of Jims demise, Marlene was your maiden name Marlene Hornby?, if you wish to contact me my email address is my mobile number is 07561871281.Harry.
3rd February 2015 6:57am
Harry Procter says...
Marlene was your maiden name hornby?
2nd April 2015 4:39am
anthony wright says...
Please can i have a copy of the photo for our site oldam past and present ta.
26th January 2015 6:41am
Paul webmaster says...
Certainly - emailed already! Best wishes with your site. Would be very happy to add a link for you.
28th January 2015 9:20pm
Dorothy Lemoignan says...
Many happy memories of Broadway.Terry Blezzard was Dougs wife's nephew ,Lois was his mother in law. She carried on working on till at Quaffers which Doug opened.Broadway then became Jehovah Church which burnt down. Sadly Doug,Gerry Slinger and ... Read More
22nd March 2015 8:14pm
harry procter says...
Hi Dorothy, I worked at the broadway for many years and I got to know Tony Hulme,Could you tell me what pubs he sings at around Manchester and when i would love to see him again.
10th November 2015 11:27pm
jack whelan (poole) says...
hi please can you tell me where Tony Hulme is now singing. i am a big fan of his,what a great singer. so glad he his still going
23rd October 2017 3:12am
Dorothy Lemoignan says...
Re Broadway club .Terry Blezzard was Dougs nephew .Lois was his mother in law who went on to work on till at Quaffers which Doug opened when he sold Broadway.That then became Jehovah church which burnt down .Sadly Doug ,Jerry Slinger co-owner of ... Read More
22nd March 2015 8:27pm
Faye KENNERLEY says...
hi. Do you have any photos of Tony Hulme. My Mum and her friend used to frequent The Broadway Club. Also my Mum wants to know if there is any way of current information and pictures to see what he is up to. Thank you
4th May 2015 1:35am
Bert Ashton says...
In reply to Faye Kennerley request for a photograph of Tony Hulme. I met Tony last Friday (16/10/2015) in The Bay, Failsworth, he still lives in Hollinwood and gets around all the local pubs. At the age of 83 he is remarkably fit and well and loves ... Read More
10th November 2015 11:24am
Dorothy Lemoignan says...
So many memories of Tony. I was friends with Freda Flood from being 13 .Until she and Doug sadly passed away.Stil in regular touch with thier children. My family were friends of Tony's Jack Slatterly May & Sam Fisher lived in Palatine ... Read More
10th November 2015 8:41pm
Ian Flood says...
That was awonderfull thing to read all your comments and the great memories you all share my Mother and Farther would have been so proud .
25th March 2015 7:06am
Pauline Royle says...
Hello Ian. I thought your Dad was the hardest man I ever had the privelige to meet. As a mere first trumpet player with 'John Brown's Bodies',The Jack Rhodes Band,The band lead by Bob Turner (NDO)it was fantastic to work at the ... Read More
16th October 2015 2:27am
harry procter says...
he was a hard taskmaster, but a fair man.
2nd March 2016 4:20am
mick ward says...
hi paul peppertree played here a couple of times late sixties, once with bruce forsythe and once with a young commediene who had won opportunity knocks, but cant remember is name, mike.
2nd April 2015 6:19am
patricia buckley says...
could any one please help my husband and me to remember the name of one of the resident groups who had a lead singer who very much looked like noddy holder from slade the group sang very much like slade and sang all their songs it was early 1970s
1st May 2015 10:44pm
Alan Thompson says...
Oh yes, I remember all the gigs we did for Dougie, The Broadway, Blighty's, Quaffers, etc, I worked with quite a few International Artistes as a bandleader and with my own band too. Used to pop round to his house just outside Middleton, lots of ... Read More
14th June 2015 6:24am
Jo says...
Does anyone remember Roy Kerry in the sixties
11th July 2015 7:50pm
harry procter says...
Do you mean roy kerr the stocktaker for Duggie flood Broadway club ect.
16th July 2015 3:18am
Steve Maynock says...
I used to be DJ in the upstairs disco at the Broadway Club Many happy weekends there. Saw Tommy Cooper and 3 Degrees Moved on to be Stage Manager at Blightys Farnworth.
So sad both buildings now gone.
17th August 2015 6:38am
Elizabeth Garside says...
How fantastic to have stumbled across this page! Oh the memories! I came to the Broadway to see Emile Ford on my 21st birthday. I've also seen Tony Christie, Gene Pitney, and was the Reg Coates Experience the resident band? Was this the band ... Read More
6th January 2016 4:43am
Lynne Waller says...
It was a Catholic Church first then the Broadway club, then the Bees Knees then a church again. It belonged to audacious church Shen it was burnt down to the ground. It was a bit of a disaster as when it was Evangel Church the roof was a big problem ... Read More
11th January 2016 8:24am
val totten says...
Who was the compere when Matt Monro appears at the club xxxxx
5th April 2016 11:18pm
Harry Procter says...
Tony hulme was the compare for the matt munroe show at the broadway.
6th April 2016 12:31am
Mike Hammond says...
Hi Harry , I'm sure you were the cellar man at the Broadway when the Music Shop were resident?? Weren't you the guy that gave me Dougie Floods phone number. I'm also sure you used to pop into Sinatra's for a late drink just like ... Read More
27th July 2016 7:36pm
Harry Procter says...
2nd August 2016 6:37pm
Richard Dougherty (BARRY) says...
Hi Harry,
You will not remember me but I worked the waiters bar at The Broadway in 72/73. Great fun and I knew not to drink the mild Smile
21st December 2017 6:18pm
harry procter says...
Tony Hulme was the compare for the Matt Munroe show
7th August 2016 3:13pm
paul says...
I seem to remember seeing Beryl Reid here sometime in the late sixties. She was a replacement for Jayne Mansfield who was killed before she could appear. Am I right or is my memory playing tricks.
7th April 2016 10:40am
Harry Procter says...
Beryl reid did not appear at the broadway.
7th April 2016 5:01pm
Carole hardisty says...
I seem to remember seeing Freddi Starr at the Broadway. I also saw the 3 degrees and Tony Christie. It was always a great night out.
30th April 2016 7:12am
Terry Liversidge says...
Saw Bobby Vee at the Broadway,brilliant
1st May 2016 12:02am
Cyril Richardson says...
This used to be the Grand Cinema and in 1942/3? I was in a show which could have been a Boy Scout Gang Show by the 7th Manchester (1st Failsworth) troop along with another troop? Four of us sang "I wonder how our Willie's getting on". ... Read More
4th May 2016 1:43am
Cyril Richardson says...
The marker on the map is probably half a mile out for as the name implies it is near the Broadway (A6010) which is about a quarter of a mile from this club and the point where the Broadway road joins Oldham Rd.
4th May 2016 2:07am
Ivan Kelsall says...
I lived just up Broadway,off Nuthurst Road. I saw the Grumbleweeds at the Broadway Club so many times,i thought i was in the band. It became so popular because you didn't have to journey into Manchester or Oldham city centre to see top of the ... Read More
5th June 2016 9:05pm
Madeleine Brierley says...
I have a vague memory that the late, great Sarah Vaughan played here in the late 60s/70s. Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks.
27th June 2016 6:39am
Phil Hart says...
The fire was in 1971. Group performing that weekend was Pickettywitch.

If I remember correctly after the fire it stood empty for a while then became the Bees Knees.
28th June 2016 12:19am
Dorothy Lemoignan says...
After it was burnt down Doug reopened it again as The Broadway
28th June 2016 3:46am
Austin Hardman says...
And I worked for Mather and Platt designing sprinkler systems one of which was installed during the rebuilding process. If I remember right all those at M&P who worked on the project were invited to the reopening. Also had some good nights ... Read More
3rd August 2016 10:19pm
Austin Hardman says...
And I worked for Mather and Platt designing sprinkler systems one of which was installed during the rebuilding process. If I remember right all those at M&P who worked on the project were invited to the reopening. Also had some good nights ... Read More
3rd August 2016 10:21pm
Mike Hammond says...
Hi Phil, If the Broadway burned down in 1971 it couldn't have been standing empty for very long because we as the Music Shop were resident group from 1972 until it went disco Jan 1975. It was always the Broadway while we were there.
29th July 2016 5:09pm
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