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When do the clocks go back?

Clocks go back

When the clocks go back it means summer is most definitely over as autumn takes the baton, so we have shorter days and darker nights to look forward to...

However, it does mean we'll all enjoy an extra hour under the sheets as we move from BST (British Summer Time) to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

What time do the clocks go back?

On Sunday, 29th of October, the clocks will go back one hour at 2am in the UK.

Why do the clocks go back?

Every year clocks go back and forward as British Summer Time (BST) starts and ends.

In March, clocks went forward one hour - meaning we lost an hour. On October 29th 2017, the clocks go back, meaning we get back that lost hour and revert to GMT (Greenwich Meantime).

The idea was actually the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

In 1784, while in Paris, Benjamin Franklin suggested that if people got up an hour earlier they'd get more exposure to daylight.

However, it wasn't until almost 150 years later, in 1907, that this theory became a reality when William Willet popularised the idea in a pamphlet called 'The Waste of Daylight' which detailed how summer daylight hours were wasted.

He argued that we'd consume less energy - particularly coal at the time - because we'd be more exposed to the natural warmth of the sun.

The UK introduced British Summer Time / British Daylight Time hours in 1916 - allowing everyone to enjoy the perks of summer with more time to enjoy the daylight.

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