According to the donor of this photograph – Sybil de Roquigny – this was taken in 1945, sometime after the war.

Seated on the left of the Indian girl (wearing a plain samfoo) is Sybil’s aunt Linda Leong Kam Leng (daughter of Leong Eng Khean and granddaughter of Towkay Leong Fee). Seated on the far left (wearing a hair clip) is Linda’s best friend Lily. Incidentally, Lily and her husband owned a textbook and school supplies store in Old Town; across the road from the Ipoh Sar Hor Fan/Satay coffee shop (Thean Chun).

Recognise anyone in the picture? Perhaps your mum/aunt/relative is one of the pretty girls?