5 things you need to know about the clocks changing this weekend

This weekend UK summertime officially ends, the clocks go back and we switch from BST to GMT.

The mornings get lighter and evenings darker but we get an extra hour in bed (or an extra hour clubbing if your heading out), but what is the clock changing all about ?

Who ?

In 1907, William Willett introduced British Summer Time, also known as Daylight Saving Time in order to prevent people from wasting valuable hours of light during summer mornings. William died in 1915 just a year before his idea was adopted by the government.

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William Willet
William Willet
When ?

The Summer Time Act of 1916 was quickly passed by Parliament and the first day of British Summer Time, 21 May 1916, was widely reported in the press.

The Home Office put out special posters telling people how to reset their clocks to GMT, and national newspapers also gave advice as many clocks back then could not be turned back without breaking the mechanism.

Why ?

It was argued that such a scheme could reduce domestic coal consumption and increase the supplies available for manufacturing and the war effort during the First World War.tumblr_inline_mvdxe0KWkU1sq7fd6

How dark does it get ?

During December there is only 7 hours and 40 minutes of daylight on the shortest day of winter, compared to 16 hours & 50 minutes of daylight on the longest day of summer.

Should we ditch the clock changing ?.

Some argue yes, some argue no. Peoples arguments for ditching the clock changing is that when it gets darker in the winter its more unsafe for children to travel home from school.

And the later rising sun during British Summer Time means its harder for the nations farmers to get fresh produce on the shelves of supermarkets as they need lighter conditions to do their jobs.


The arguments for keeping the clock changes is that during the summer it is said to reduce traffic accidents as their is more daylight and visibility.

The golf industry say the extra hours means an extra £240m a year in revenue as theres more time spent out on the courses.

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