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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Austin Hardman
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 there, remember the Three Degrees appearing and were sensational.Grin
3rd August 2016 10:19pm
Austin Hardman
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 there, remember the Three Degrees appearing and were sensational.Grin
3rd August 2016 10:21pm
Mike Hammond
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
david simmonds
I saw Freddie Starr ,and the grumbleweeds there around 73/74
29th July 2016 6:26pm
Dorothy lemoignan
Doug reopened it as soon as possible after fire .was with him and his wife in Abersoch night of call 3am to tell Doug re fire. Remember Doug turning to Freda ( his wife) quite calm as she was so upset.saying to her don't worry it will be rebuilt better than before. It was also underinsured .Doug .told me years later that's when he stopped smoking and turned vegetarian to keep as healthy as he could as didn't want to leave Freda with any depts he had rebuilding Broadway.
30th July 2016 1:35am
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
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
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
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