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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Madeleine Brierley
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
Ivan Kelsall
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 line acts.
5th June 2016 9:05pm
Cyril Richardson
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
Cyril Richardson
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". We performed in front of the screen.
The troop still exists on Ashton Rd. East opposite Roman Road.
4th May 2016 1:43am
Carole hardisty
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
Saw Bobby Vee at the Broadway,brilliant
1st May 2016 12:02am
paul
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
Beryl reid did not appear at the broadway.
7th April 2016 5:01pm
val totten
Who was the compere when Matt Monro appears at the club xxxxx
5th April 2016 11:18pm
Harry Procter
Tony hulme was the compare for the matt munroe show at the broadway.
6th April 2016 12:31am
Mike Hammond
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 uncle Bernard Manning.
27th July 2016 7:36pm
Harry Procter
Hi MIKE, YES I WAS THE HEADBARMAN/CELLERMAN AT THE BROADWAY. THEN AFTER THE FIRE WAS FARMED OUT TO THE LION &LAMB ON VICTORIA AVE THEN WENT TO Blightys farnworth.
2nd August 2016 6:37pm
harry procter
Tony Hulme was the compare for the Matt Munroe show
7th August 2016 3:13pm
Lynne Waller
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 in that it leaked badly. In freezing cold weather pipes would burst on the roof and water cascade down. Although sad burning down probably was the best thing that happened to it. The only wall inside left standing was a partition wall my husband put up, good work there then!!
11th January 2016 8:24am
Elizabeth Garside
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 Patricia Buckley was thinking of? Keep the memories comingLaugh
6th January 2016 4:43am
Steve Maynock
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
Jo
Does anyone remember Roy Kerry in the sixties
11th July 2015 7:50pm
harry procter
Do you mean roy kerr the stocktaker for Duggie flood Broadway club ect.
16th July 2015 3:18am
Alan Thompson
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 memories.
14th June 2015 6:24am
patricia buckley
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
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