a poetical response following close observation: pebbles for rivers of stones
I wouldn't want to be standing too close to that third chimney! They probably need the big hats as protection. A very fine line-up you have there. I'd love to know what colours they all wear. The trouble with B&W is that you sort of assume they're all drab - but they wouldn't have been. I've come across a picture of my mum in her WRNS uniform and my grandma 'out on the town' in Bradford near the start of WW2. I must do a post on it.
And the chances are that many of the garments were what they'd sewn themselves. Sarah (RH end) was a dressmaker, and her daughter (my grandmother) whose face is 3rd from the left, obscured,was a tailoress and made many of my clothes when I was little.