|Biographical interview with John McQueen (aged 82) who was born in Dumfries and has lived there his whole life, only going away to do his National Service. John lived near Moat Brae as a child and remembered going up the river by boat and the beautiful gardens which looked out over farmland beyond. This was very different to the view from Greyfriar's Street, where he lived. He loved woodwork from childhood and served his apprenticeship (which started at 14) with Alexander Steel & Sons. On completion of his apprenticeship, he went off to do his National Service. He then returned to work as a joiner and retired after 60 years, at the age of 74. He talks about different aspects of life as a joiner, especially training as an undertaker and looking after large places like Moat Brae and Barbours store. He describes many of the techniques he learned from the older joiners and recalls the importance of working very quietly when he was at Moat Brae, so as not to disturb the patients. He also speaks about Mr Brack, who was gardener, caretaker and warden at the nurses accommodation for Moat Brae and describes him as a kind of 'under matron', making sure everything was done right, from the looking after the deceased patients to nurses getting to work on time. John also tells stories from his life, such as the time he and a chum cycled to London for the 1951 Festival of Britain and defending the Suez canal. He also speaks about local characters such as Mr Martin, the blacksmith at Closeburn and Mrs MacInnes, the matron of Moat Brae.