Get daily updates directly to your inbox ItБs nearly that time of the year when we need to change the clocks. Computers, laptops and phones usually update the time automatically but for other clocks, it means the chore of going around the house altering them by an hour. If you forget or don\’t change all your clocks, it can get very confusing – and you will end up being an hour late for work or other commitments. And while the downside is that we lose an hour in bed, it also marks the start of British Summer Time. It means we can start putting those cold, damp, miserable and gloomy days behind us and welcoming in lighter nights so we\’re not going home from work in the pitch dark. ThereБs an old saying of \’spring forward, fall back\’ to remind us that the clocks go forward in the springtime and that they go back in the fall or autumn. In March the clocks spring forward an hour at 1am, and in October the clocks fall back an hour at 2am. But what date and time does it happen exactly, and why? When do the clocks go forward? The annual custom of putting the clocks forward takes place on the last Sunday of March. And this year it falls on Sunday, March 25. They should be turned forward an hour at 1am, so that it becomes 2am. Don\’t forget to do it or you will be an hour late for anything you plan to do on Sunday, such as work, sports fixtures, other commitments or appointments, or making it to the supermarkets before it closes early because of Sunday trading laws.
But why do we do it? Changing the clocks began during the to save on the use of coal for light and heat. The Summer Time Act of 1916 was passed by parliament and the first day of British Summer Time (BST) – which is sometimes referred to as Daylight Saving Time – was May 21, 1916. We stay on BST until October when the clocks go back an hour. When this happens the UK will then go back onto Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). What difference does putting the clocks forward make? Putting the clocks forward means that the nights are lighter for our drive home from work and for any evening activities. And, as well as saving on power, there are also fewer road accidents. However, it also means that itБs darker in the mornings, which those who have to get up early will notice. When will the clocks change again in 2018? They will go back on the last Sunday in October. This year it will be Sunday, October 28, at 2am.
It\’s that time of year again where we turn the clocks backwards and all get one hour more in bed! The clocks will be going backward on Sunday 29 October at 2am – so you will probably be fast asleep tucked up in bed when it happens.
When the clocks change like this, we are moving from what is called British Summer Time (BST) – also known as Daylight Saving Time (DST) or GMT+1 – back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In 2016 it was a particularly special year as it marked 100 years since we first changed our clocks like this. Once you\’ve had a read about why we do this, have a go at our quiz at the end to see how much you\’ve managed to remember. Whose idea was it to change the clocks? An American politician and inventor called Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea while in Paris in 1784. He suggested that if people got up earlier, when it was lighter, then it would save on candles. Benjamin Franklin, who first came up with the idea of moving the clocks according to daylight But it arrived in the UK after Coldplay singer Chris Martin\’s great-great-grandfather, a builder called William Willett, thought it was a good idea too. In 1907, he published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight, encouraging people to get out of bed earlier. Willett was a keen golfer and he got cross when his games would be cut short because the Sun went down and there wasn\’t enough light to carry on playing. When did we start changing our clocks? The idea of moving the clocks forwards and backwards was discussed by the government in 1908, but many people didn\’t like it so it wasn\’t made a law.
Willett spent his life trying to convince people that it was a good idea, but it was only introduced in the UK in 1916 – a year after he died. It was actually first introduced by the Germans in World World One, just before the UK did it. During World War Two, the UK actually used what was called British Double Summer Time (BDST), when the clocks were ahead by an extra hour during the summer. But this didn\’t last for very long. Now, the UK\’s clocks always go back by one hour on the last Sunday in October and forward by one hour on the last Sunday in March. Moving clocks like this is now done in some countries across the world, but many still don\’t do this. What do people think of it? Many people have different opinions about whether we should change our clocks like this. Some think having BST is a good thing because it saves energy, by making better use of natural daylight, and helps to reduce traffic accidents. Others don\’t like it because they argue that it doesn\’t actually save any energy, and it can make it darker when children are going to school in the morning, which can be dangerous. They also think it is not very good for our health. to see how much you\’ve remembered about this!