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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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
Sue Carol
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 Blackpool at The Norbreck Castle. I ended up married to one of the Cossacks. I was also the 'girl singer' support act for Billy Eckstein at The Broadway which was, as you've identified, one of the 'big' clubs.
23rd March 2014 9:51pm
Lavinia Buckley
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 There couldn't be a venue like it today
13th July 2014 6:02pm
Alan Thompson
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
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