Clocks go back early hours Sunday. Here’s why.

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Summertime is now officially over, which means the nights will become longer and the days shorter.

From tomorrow the clocks will change from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time.

Every year the clocks change in the last weekend of October in the UK. The clocks will go BACK one hour at 2am on Sunday and we will move from BST to GMT, meaning we will be an hour behind. So, we get an hour extra in bed but lose an extra hour of sunlight for the next five months.

Many choose to remember the time change by the following phrases ‘spring forward, fall back’, although we obviously call it autumn in the UK, not fall.

The idea for clocks to go back first came from Benjamin Franklin while he was in Paris in 1784. He suggested that if people got out of bed an hour earlier they’d get extra daylight.

Centuries later the topic was once again discussed by a man called William Willett, who wrote a whole leaflet about it in 1907 called ‘The Waste of Daylight’ about how people wasted valuable hours of light during summer.

He was also a keen golfer and would become rather annoyed when it got too dark for him to continue playing in the evening.

Willett died in 1915, just a year before it was eventually introduced in the UK.

Germany became the first country to adopt the clock-changing plan on April 30, 1916, in order to save on coal usage, and on May 21, Britain followed, as World War One was underway.

The Summer Time Act of 1916 was passed by Parliament and the first day of British summer was reported as May 21, 1916.


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