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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david simmonds says...
I saw Freddie Starr ,and the grumbleweeds there around 73/74
29th July 2016 6:26pm
Dorothy lemoignan says...
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 ... Read More
30th July 2016 1:35am
Dorothy lemoignan says...
Does anyone remember Jerry Slinger and his wife Wyne. He was Dougs partner in Broadway and Wyne was Freda's (Dougs wife) Aunty .Also Louie on door was Freda's mother .
30th July 2016 1:41am
harry procter says...
I worked at the broadway for Gerry and Wynie,and D Flood and c/o as the headbarman and cellerman.
7th August 2016 3:06pm
Dorothylemoignan says...
So sad all of them including Freda Dougs wife passed away .Great club Happy Days .I use to go with Freda every wed night .Tony Hulme was compare and singer .He still Singing looking great .
7th August 2016 6:42pm
Harry Proctor says...
Hi Dorothy, many thanks for your reply, do you know where Tony sings ?
7th August 2016 8:02pm
Dorothylemoignan says...
Can't remember name if Pub .will try find out .He looks fantastic .Remember seeing first at Lee Rd club.then N.S.C. Then Broadwsy. He was pal of my brother & Bernard Manning .The 3 of them put on Concerts in our back yard on Sunday ... Read More
8th August 2016 1:29am
Dorothylemoignan says...
A think pub in Failsworth .will try find out let you know . He looks great in pics of him singing.
8th August 2016 1:38am
Mike Hammond says...
Hi Dorothy, I have a photo somewhere in my files that I took of Tony Hulme back stage with the dancing girls. I'll pull out what I can find & put it on for you. Does Tony log onto Manchesterbeat ? If you see him please send him my regards. ... Read More
16th August 2016 8:45pm
Tony Chilton says...
I am currently on the phone to Tony Hume and we are in regular contact. He wishes to be remembered to all those who in turn, remember him from his days at the Broadway, the Embassy, Chez Joey, Palladium clubs etc.
15th February 2017 9:54pm
Mike Hammond says...
Hi Tony, I remember Tony Hulme very well & always found him to be a gentleman. I can't believe that he's still singing, he must be ? 75? Well I'm 70. Has he seen the pictures I put up of him backstage with the dancers ?? Has he even ... Read More
16th February 2017 12:32am
ian kinsey says...
Hello Dorothy, I remember Jerry very well. I was the singer in a duo called Strange Brew and I lived in Finchley Grove Moston. Melvyn Whitehead now deceased was the other half. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER US ? We played weeks at the Broadway many many ... Read More
13th September 2016 8:02pm
Dorothy Lemoignan says...
ScaredThat sounds like Doug inviting all that helped rebuild club to opening ☺️
3rd August 2016 10:40pm
Mike Hammond says...
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 " ... Read More
4th August 2016 12:02am
Dorothylemoignan says...
One would be Snapper Yorkshire Terrior Doug loved him use to talk to him .Doug was heartbroken when he got Knocked down .was on 18th Dec. Freda's birthday .Took his body to Warren to bury him on walk over to Lambedrock (spelt it wrong) Xmas Day ... Read More
8th August 2016 1:47am
Dorothy lemoignan says...
Mike ,have related your story re Warren to Dougs sons & daughter am in regular contact with them .love hearing stories about Doug & Freda .have got couple of pics of Tony Hulme .dont know how to send them to you on this site .
17th August 2016 6:26pm
Alan Smith says...
It's really nice reading your stories about the club and family,I started working for Louie at the old loom when I was 18 Freda and Muriel were the barmaids and I was the waiter, Dany and Ian were regular visitors it was my job to run up and ... Read More
21st August 2016 7:04pm
Dorothylemoignan says...
Muriel was Dougs sister .sshe married Ken Burgess met him when he came to work as barman at old Loom ..see Danny & Ian quite a lot .Going to stay with Ian & his family in Abersock in couple of weeks time they have Holiday home there. Will ... Read More
21st August 2016 9:39pm
Jeff Titterington says...
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 ... Read More
24th August 2016 7:27am
MEL LEVINE says...
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 says...
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
Tony Chilton says...
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 ... Read More
15th February 2017 11:50pm
Tony Chilton says...
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 ... Read More
16th February 2017 3:12am
Mike Hammond says...
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 says...
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 ... Read More
16th February 2017 7:54pm
anthony mc donnell says...
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 ... Read More
18th February 2017 6:38am
Peter Burns says...
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 says...
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 says...
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 ... Read More
24th February 2017 9:57pm
dave says...
Evelyn, was the name of the singer Lovelace Watkins?
24th February 2017 11:56pm
Tony Chilton says...
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 says...
Yes I am certain it was in deed Lovelace Watkins.
25th February 2017 12:28am
Austin Hardman says...
The black Sinatra. Died 1995 of leukemia. Big in Vegas as well as Failsworth
25th February 2017 2:31am
Dave Lester. says...
I saw Tony Hulme yesterday in Tesco in Failsworth, he looks incredible for his 84 years. He is now singing at the Springbank Bowling Club Chadderton Oldham. Friday nights 9.00 til midnight. Going to go and see him. He spoke very fondly of The ... Read More
13th March 2017 3:17am
Colin Wood says...
Ian, It is SPRINGBANK Bowling Club in Chadderton. he was in there last Friday night19.5.17 He is not a paid singer, he just gets up and gives a song or two!! like a lot of others.
23rd May 2017 5:27am
anthony mc donnell says...
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 ... Read More
3rd April 2017 9:29pm
Mike Hammond says...
Hi Anthony, I have always been under the impression that after we ( The Music Shop ) left the Broadway in JAN 1975 it stopped cabaret & went disco. Now today I see a post on Ashton now & then showing a 1975 entertainment page from the MEN ... Read More
22nd May 2017 9:47pm
Anthony Mc Donnell says...
Hi Mike, I will ask Tony when I manage to get in touch with him, its a bit difficult at the moment as Tony had a fire which gutted his flat at Montgomery House and he was left only with the clothes he had on. He is at the moment in the process of ... Read More
22nd May 2017 10:51pm
Willie Williamson says...
I was in a NZ group, Double Vision, (two guys & two girls) and appeared at the Broadway Club around April/May 1973 and we were the support act to (the late) Del Shannon. A wonderful week!!
23rd May 2017 2:22pm
Colin Wood says...
Just for the record Tony Hume still giving us a song or two in the Springbank BC in Chadderton,saw him last night.
2nd July 2017 5:17am
Karen Evans (Manchester) says...
Colin, I'm looking to make contact with Tony Hulme for a member of our group I am an admin for Newton Heath remembered our member used to sing with him and wants to get in touch to let him know about a reunion shes setting up.. Do you have a ... Read More
26th July 2017 6:01pm
Matthew (Chadderton) says...
I've just sat down this afternoon next to a gentleman called Tony Hulm. It is the man your looking for if I see him again I can pass on your details. Nice man Smile
13th August 2017 1:22am
Karen Evans (Manchester) says...
Hi Matthew, Thankyou for getting in touch I run a nostagia group on facebook Newton Heath Remembered one of our members is looking to make contact with Tony Hulme she knew him from way back when he sung at the Broadway Club in Failsworth.. She is ... Read More
13th August 2017 2:54am
Tony Mc Donnell (amble) says...
Hi Karen,
My name is Tony Mc Donnell and I am Tony Hume's nephew I speak to Tony 2 or 3 times a week and if you want his contact details just email me at and I will forward them to you.
Tony Mc.
16th August 2017 12:07am
Tony Mc Donnell (amble) says...
Email should read
21st August 2017 1:44am
Joseph Kobierski (Sarasota) says...
Hi Harry top boss 45 years ago you look after me .I was the bottle kid .Mr flood was great with knew my mum Hilda kobierski.
29th August 2017 12:18am
Ted Regan (Manchester) says...
I used to be a regular at the Broadway great club. I remember Jack Jones appearing there, great singer and he has since appeared at the Bridgewater Hall, Jack Jones came early to the Broadway and was taken to the pub opposite (can't think of the ... Read More
30th August 2017 1:17pm
Joseph Kobierski (Sarasota) says...
Broadway club was the best.
1st September 2017 1:50am
Joseph Kobierski (Sarasota) says...
The pub was called half way it's a Indian restaurant ha
1st September 2017 1:47am
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