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Published on March 27th, 2014 | by admin

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A Gentle Reminder That The Clocks Change This Weekend

We all lose an hour when the clocks always go forward by one hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March to mark the start of British Summer Time, and this year it actually falls on the same day as Mother’s Day. The clocks then go back one hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October which is known as Greenwich Mean Time.

There always seems to be confusion every year as to why we do it and when, and even if the clocks should in fact be set back or forward. The handy mnemonic that people sometimes refer to is ‘Spring forward, fall backward’.

They say elephants never forget. But unfortunately humans do. Many of us will no doubt forget to change all our watches, mobile phones, clocks throughout the home and also the clock on the car dashboard.

So to ensure you don’t forget that the clocks go forward by one hour this weekend giving yourself a reminder would certainly be a good idea.  If a diary note, wall planner reminder or Post-It note don’t do the trick there might be more than a few people late in making it to their desk on Monday morning!

But why do the clocks change at all you might ask? The idea was first put forward by William Willett in 1907. As a keen horse rider, he was frustrated by the ‘waste’ of daylight in the early mornings during the summer months but it was actually Germany that first introduced the idea of changing clocks in the summer months with Britain then following suit.

It wasn’t until 1916 that the first British Summer Time (Daylight Saving Time) was implemented. This was with the aim of saving fuel and money during the First World War.

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