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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George Bowden (Port Hedland WAustralia) says...
Loved the Broadway Club, I can remember JANE RUSSEL being on there her son was playing drums
25th December 2017 4:25am
Tony Mc Donnell (amble) says...
For those who know Tony Hume he is in the Oldham Royal Infirmary with pneumonia, I rang up this morning and he may be being transferred to The Acorn rest home in the near future.
3rd November 2017 7:51am
Tony Chilton says...
Hello Anthony, only just now I have found out that Tony is very unwell (or has recently been). We have been away for several weeks.Could you kindly let me know what the situation is please.Am also unaware of his current address in Chadderton. Please ... Read More
3rd November 2017 10:59am
Tony Chilton says...
Please let me know what the situation is with regard to Tony's health as soon as you are able Anthony.
3rd November 2017 11:06am
Tony mc donnell (Amble) says...
Hi tony
Sorry I have not replied sooner if you want to speak to tony just give me a ring on 07759251943 and I will Guv you his mobile No'.

Tony Mc.
9th November 2017 3:20am
ian kinsey (knutsford) says...
Hello Tony, I don't want to appear a nuisance but I was wondering how Tony is doing. I have so often said I would go and see him at Chadderton Bowling Club and didn't, for which I am so sorry for now. I appeared at the Broadway many many ... Read More
29th January 2018 6:40am
Tony Chilton says...
Hello Ian,
I am not sure whether you received my earlier email, but Tony Hume will be at Chadderton Bowling Club on Friday evenings.

Tony C
1st February 2018 11:07pm
Tony Chilton says...
Would very much welcome having details of Tony's situation if you could let me have it Anthony. Many thanks.
3rd November 2017 11:02am
Tony Mc Donnell (amble) says...
Hi Tony, I spoke to Tony this morning and he seems cheerful enough still very croaky,the doctors think he may have diabetes as well, he has now been transferred to Acorn Lodge rest home. I did tell him you were asking after him and was very ... Read More
3rd November 2017 8:42pm
Tony Chilton says...
Thanks for the info Anthony, I have been in touch with Acorn they were in the process of "doing the ward rounds" The person on the phone seemed very pleasant and asked me to ring later.
Kind regards,
Tony C
3rd November 2017 9:17pm
Tony Chilton says...
Good morning Anthony, is there any news on Tony's situation. I am experiencing some difficulties in obtaining any information fromAcorn.
Kind regards,

6th November 2017 7:09pm
Tony Chilton says...
Good morning Anthony, is there any news on Tony's situation. I am experiencing some difficulties in obtaining any information fromAcorn.
Kind regards,

7th November 2017 10:39am
Tony Chiltern says...
Hello Ian,
I have recently spoken to Tony and he would welcome seeing you at the Chadderton Bowling Club on. Friday evening. So I'll leave that with you.
Best wishes,
1st February 2018 11:21pm
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