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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anthony mc donnell
It is Tony Hume's birthday this week he will be 85 on Saturday 8/04/2017 and will be singing and having a bit of a party on Friday 7/04/2017 at the Springbank Bowling Club Chadderton, if any of his friends wish to call in they will be most welcome.
3rd April 2017 9:29pm
ian kinsey
Hello Dave, I am so pleased to hear that Tony is still performing, what a testament to the man. Please could you confirm that he is singing at Springfield Bowling Club as I understand there are two Bowling clubs in Chadderton.
18th March 2017 7:16am
Tony Chilton
Yes I am certain it was in deed Lovelace Watkins.
25th February 2017 12:28am
Austin Hardman
The black Sinatra. Died 1995 of leukemia. Big in Vegas as well as Failsworth
25th February 2017 2:31am
Tony Chilton
Hello Evelyn, I personally cannot remember unfortunately, but I am seeing Tony Hume tonight so I can ask him if is able to recall who the artist is/was.
Kindest regards,
Tony Chilton
24th February 2017 11:04pm
Tony Chilton
Tony Hume is appearing at the Chadderton Bowling Club every Friday evening along with Derek Thompson on keyboards. Tony's singing and dress sense are as immaculate as ever!!
22nd February 2017 10:28pm
Evelyn Lowe
Hi Tony i remember Tony Hulme very well he was so handsom my friendas & i always went to the Broadway club every week great stars on there is one Artist i can not remember his name he was a great coloured singer i think his last name was Watkins could you help me as we are all tring to think of his name thank you Evelyn
24th February 2017 9:57pm
Evelyn, was the name of the singer Lovelace Watkins?
24th February 2017 11:56pm
anthony mc donnell
I am sure Tony Hume would not mind anyone Knowing that he is 84 years young, he is still very active with his singing he is appearing tonight at the Chadderton Bowling Club with several other acts, he tells me that this will be regular weekly venue for him.
I hope everything goes well for him.
(I am Tony's nephew).
18th February 2017 6:38am
Peter Burns
Tony was a Great Compere at The Palladium Club, Collyhurst in the 60s. Went to see him every Saturday Night. Also Sunday lunch time at Bradford Labour Club.
22nd February 2017 8:18pm
Tony chilton
Just wanted to simply say that Tony Hume is not yet 86 but he would not forgive me if I revealed his exact age, he has already chastised me for saying "like all of us he is getting old" apparently I should simply have said, "getting older"!!!!!
16th February 2017 7:54pm
Tony Chilton
Sorry I was commenting on the current situation with regard to Tony Hume but I somehow lost the thread, it's age I know!! But could someone remind me what the content of the discussion was?? I know someone was asking about whether Tony Hume was up for discussion on email, unfortunately he does not communicate through modern technology!!! But I can pass on messages to him via the telephone.
16th February 2017 3:12am
Mike Hammond
Hi again Tony, after my comments yesterday I spotted a comment by someone else where it said that Tony Hulme was 86 ?? I had no idea he was that much older than me. More power to the man if he's still singing at his age. Cheers
16th February 2017 6:48pm
Tony Chilton
Just letting folks know that Tony Hume is still singing in a pub near Chadderton and is also hoping to visit the Railway in Openshaw. I speak to him via telephone on a fairly regular basis and he appears to be coping with life very well, although like all of us, he finds growing old painful!!!
15th February 2017 11:50pm
Myself and my wife often went in the Broadway every Saturday night, can anyone remember if Gene Pitney ever sang there.
16th January 2017 7:44am
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.
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
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