STAN Boardman knows a thing or two about nostalgia.

On a rainy Wirral night an audience singing along to childhood songs and reciting games from the '50s summed up a laughter-filled evening.

He made his name talking about Germans, chippies and dubious sounding aircraft but he has vast repertoire to dip into - a comedian who loves going out and having a laugh in true, stand- up tradition.

The Wirral-based entertainer can certainly think on his feet.

After describing his own problems at adapting to new technology his planned screen projection of his classic TV clips was reluctantly abandoned due to equipment hitches.

This meant he concentrated on what he does best ... telling jokes.

In a gag-packed two-hour 20 minute show he covered a wide range of subjects including: school days, national service, 50 years of marriage, stair lifts and the joy of being a granddad.

He even introduced a surprise guest - a magician simply called 'PJ from Birkenhead' who had contacted Stan earlier that day to give him a break.

His old school act inviting assistants on stage, proved a big hit. Yes , Wirral has talent.

Stan veered briefly into un-PC territory pointing out 'that's why you don't see me on telly.'

He also showed that he can handle hecklers – he clearly enjoys the off-the-cuff banter.

And a section involving audience questions collected at the interval saw Stan reminisce about his hero Davey Hickson, playing for Tranmere Rovers and his love of golf as well as a tribute to the late, great Ken Dodd.

Stan also revealed he will be bringing his self-penned drama Medals and a variety show to the Gladstone next Spring.

The comedian loves adding strings to his bow and has no plans on retirement: "You can't beat a good laugh on a night out ... can you?"

His fans, some with tears of laughter in their eyes, would agree with that sentiment.

Catch Stan at the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn on November 25.