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Remember to put the clocks back one hour tonight




Don't forget to put your clocks back by an hour tonight before heading for bed.

The time officially changes at 2am on Sunday, October 27.

This will mean we leave 'British Summer Time' and go back to 'Greenwich Mean Time'.

The clocks go back every autumn. (20148615)
The clocks go back every autumn. (20148615)

Why do the clocks change in Spring and Autumn?

The idea was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin, but was later introduced to Britain by the builder William Willett.

Willett's pamphlet, 'The Waste of Daylight', argued that if the clocks were changed twice a year people would sleep better, save money on artificial light, and enjoy more daylight.

A map of the world's time zones. Image: Wikimedia Commons (20148766)
A map of the world's time zones. Image: Wikimedia Commons (20148766)

The idea was introduced into UK law in 1916.

Now the clocks change on the last Sunday of March and October - Spring forward, fall back is a good way to remember which way round it is.

What are the positives?

The mornings are brighter and you'll get an extra hour of sleep tonight!


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