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
21/8/16

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
18/2/13

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???

Jo
18/2/13

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
18/2/13

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
13/10/13

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
27/11/13

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
12/1/14

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
1/3/14

 

 


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Elizabeth Garside
Yes he did. Me and a friend went to see him,he was fantastic! Were you there? I think it would have been in the early 70s.
16th January 2017 7:49am
Jeff Titterington
Hi.. I used to work there when it was called the "Grand". It was a cinema then and I was a relief projectionist. 10 shillings a night and a pound on Sundays, if I remember rightly. I used to finish my day job in Manchester and cycle up Oldham Road to get ready for the "first house" around 6:00pm. I went into the RAF in 1955 for my National Service and the cinema had closed when I came out again in November 1957.... Very sad and some very happy memories of the place.

Jeff Titterington.
23/08/2016
24th August 2016 7:27am
Dorothy Lemoignan
ScaredThat sounds like Doug inviting all that helped rebuild club to opening ☺️
3rd August 2016 10:40pm
Mike Hammond
Hi Dorothy, I also had a place on the Warren in Abersoch. I remember one day walking with my kids on the beach & seeing big Dougie walking towards me with 2 tiny dogs on leads. As we got closer he pointed a finger at me & said " Don't you dare laugh " That must have been about 1985 & we hadn't seen each other for 10 years.
4th August 2016 12:02am
Dorothylemoignan
One would be Snapper Yorkshire Terrior Doug loved him use to talk to him .Doug was heartbroken when he got Knocked down .was on 18th Dec. Freda's birthday .Took his body to Warren to bury him on walk over to Lambedrock (spelt it wrong) Xmas Day haha Freda said .they must have looked like Ian Brady & Myra Hindley with Snapper in sack and carrying shovel.groung to hard brought him back.
8th August 2016 1:47am
Dorothy lemoignan
Mike ,have related your story re Warren to Dougs sons & daughter am in regular contact with them .love hearing stories about Doug & Freda .have got couple of pics of Tony Hulme .dont know how to send them to you on this site .
17th August 2016 6:26pm
Alan Smith
It's really nice reading your stories about the club and family,I started working for Louie at the old loom when I was 18 Freda and Muriel were the barmaids and I was the waiter, Dany and Ian were regular visitors it was my job to run up and down stairs with them on my back,when the Braodway opened I moved to be a barman there
21st August 2016 7:04pm
Dorothylemoignan
Muriel was Dougs sister .sshe married Ken Burgess met him when he came to work as barman at old Loom ..see Danny & Ian quite a lot .Going to stay with Ian & his family in Abersock in couple of weeks time they have Holiday home there. Will tell lads your story when I speak to them .They love hearing stories re thier Gran and Old Loom.
21st August 2016 9:39pm
Dorothy lemoignan
Does anyone remember Jerry Slinger and his wife Wyne. He was Dougs partner in Broadway and Wyne was Freda's (Dougs wife) Aunty .Also Louie on door was Freda's mother .
30th July 2016 1:41am
harry procter
I worked at the broadway for Gerry and Wynie,and D Flood and c/o as the headbarman and cellerman.
7th August 2016 3:06pm
Dorothylemoignan
So sad all of them including Freda Dougs wife passed away .Great club Happy Days .I use to go with Freda every wed night .Tony Hulme was compare and singer .He still Singing looking great .
7th August 2016 6:42pm
Harry Proctor
Hi Dorothy, many thanks for your reply, do you know where Tony sings ?
7th August 2016 8:02pm
Dorothylemoignan
Can't remember name if Pub .will try find out .He looks fantastic .Remember seeing first at Lee Rd club.then N.S.C. Then Broadwsy. He was pal of my brother & Bernard Manning .The 3 of them put on Concerts in our back yard on Sunday afternoon.me and my pals were Audience .Bernanrd was just a singer then ,great voice. He worked with his parents at thier Greengrocers .Rochdale Rd. opposite building that became Embassy when Bernard's father bought it turned into club .sll the Manning family worked there
8th August 2016 1:29am
Dorothylemoignan
A think pub in Failsworth .will try find out let you know . He looks great in pics of him singing.
8th August 2016 1:38am
Mike Hammond
Hi Dorothy, I have a photo somewhere in my files that I took of Tony Hulme back stage with the dancing girls. I'll pull out what I can find & put it on for you. Does Tony log onto Manchesterbeat ? If you see him please send him my regards. If you look under groups & click on Music Shop you'll see our pic from Sinatra's before we worked for Doug.
16th August 2016 8:45pm
Tony Chilton
I am currently on the phone to Tony Hume and we are in regular contact. He wishes to be remembered to all those who in turn, remember him from his days at the Broadway, the Embassy, Chez Joey, Palladium clubs etc.
15th February 2017 9:54pm
Mike Hammond
Hi Tony, I remember Tony Hulme very well & always found him to be a gentleman. I can't believe that he's still singing, he must be ? 75? Well I'm 70. Has he seen the pictures I put up of him backstage with the dancers ?? Has he even seen the web site ? Give him my regards & wish him luck. I might be back in the UK for a visit later in the year & if I can find out if & where he's performing I'll try to catch him. Cheers.
16th February 2017 12:32am
ian kinsey
Hello Dorothy, I remember Jerry very well. I was the singer in a duo called Strange Brew and I lived in Finchley Grove Moston. Melvyn Whitehead now deceased was the other half. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER US ? We played weeks at the Broadway many many times and Jerry was always extremely nice with me,and i liked him a lot.He was a very good drummer as well, We played there the week previous to that terrible fire, and I was there at 9.30 on the following morning of the fire only to find Jerry at the side of the Club, he was very upset. He was so grateful that I had taken the time to go down. When the Broadway re opened My Manager Joan Davy booked us in at my request to play on the opening week. It was fantastic, what a truly great Club the Broadway was and the audience was electric. So sad that wonderful club has gone, and that Jerry has as well.
13th September 2016 8:02pm
Phil Hart
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
After it was burnt down Doug reopened it again as The Broadway
28th June 2016 3:46am
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