What the clocks going back this weekend means for you

As the cold and dark evenings arrive, the memories of a glorious summer become ever so distant, that can mean just one thing.

It’s a signal that winter is fast-approaching as the clocks go back an hour this weekend.

In a few days time we will be engrossed in the festive activities of Halloween. Firework displays will then be occurring across the county soon afterwards.

So why do we change our clocks? And more importantly, when do we need to change our clocks?

Clocks will revert back to Greenwich Meant Time on Sunday 28 October.

At 2am clocks will be set back one hour, resulting in one extra hour in bed! This means that our mornings will be slightly lighter but the dark nights will arrive one hour earlier.

The idea of changing the clocks first came about in 1784. The American politician and inventor Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea while in Paris, he suggested that if people got up earlier when it was lighter then it would save on candles.

However, it wasn’t introduced to the UK until 1916 after William Willett, the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin, convinced people that getting up earlier when it was lighter was a good idea.

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.

For the forgetful ones among us we need not worry, the clocks on our computers, smartphones and tablets will change automatically due to being radio controlled. However, for those of you who still use manual clocks, we recommend changing the clocks by an hour before you go to bed to ensure you don’t forget – although potentially turning up an hour early to a meeting or appointment isn’t necessarily a bad thing!


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