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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mick ward
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
Ian Flood
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
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 'Broadway'. My wife recollects her first meeting with your Dad when she was working at the cigarette kiosk. "Sorry Sir, you can't use that entrance" she said. "Do you know who I am?" said Dougie."No Sir but that entrance is private" came the reply. "I own the place" Oh ***** !!
16th October 2015 2:27am
harry procter
he was a hard taskmaster, but a fair man.
2nd March 2016 4:20am
Dorothy Lemoignan
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 Broadway and Dell Hickson have passed away. Tony Hulme compare of N.S.C. & Broadway still going strong ,still handsome and singing still great .Happy Memories . Glad I was part of club scene in those days so lucky
22nd March 2015 8:27pm
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
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 to talk about his
time at the Broadway and would like to be remembered by those who
knew him.
10th November 2015 11:24am
Dorothy Lemoignan
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 St..Jeff Reeves. Wyn &Jerry Slinger Louise from Old Loom and of course Terry Kearns , so many. Have got loads of stories re Tony so popular with so many people. Great to know he's doing so well. .
10th November 2015 8:41pm
Dorothy Lemoignan
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 Dell Hickson passed away. Tony Hulme compare at N.S.C and Broadway still singing and looks great Happy Days glad I was part of the 60/70 club scene .
22nd March 2015 8:14pm
harry procter
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
anthony wright
Please can i have a copy of the photo for our site oldam past and present ta.
26th January 2015 6:41am
Paul webmaster
Certainly - emailed already! Best wishes with your site. Would be very happy to add a link for you.
28th January 2015 9:20pm
Marlene Laing
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 till and if there was any trouble on the door she made a hasty retreat taking the cash box with her. People came from all over the North West to see top acts of the day at reasonable prices. A fantastic place. Happy memories.
19th December 2014 9:04am
harry procter
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
Marlene was your maiden name hornby?
2nd April 2015 4:39am
trevor byrom
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 met and worked with some super people drank with les gray of mud tommy cooper the black abbots and the list goes on the night the club burnt down we had done our show had a staff drink and gone home, we were all looking forward to the next week as Tony Bennet was on for the week unfortunatly when the waiters cleaned up the tables that night they emptied the ashtrays into the waste containers which consisted of a metal hoop with a brown paper sack hung from the hoop for the rubish there was a lit cigarette in an ashtray and that eventually started the so sad for us all. The following week all the staff piled up to Farnworth to help get Blightys read to open ASAP it opened earlier than planned and the first act to appear was Ken ... Read More
13th December 2014 5:41am
26th April 2015 12:28am
Mike Hammond
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 & at Sinatra's the Southern & the Nortthern.
6th August 2014 10:20pm
Rob Parkes
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
Brian Spooner
Played the Broadway as keyboard player with Jeff High and the Highjacks around 1960.
5th April 2014 3:01am
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