It’s that time of year again: The clocks fall back on Sunday 29th October!
We are gearing up for everyone’s favourite Sunday! 25 hours! On Sunday the UK will revert back to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). This marks the end of British Summertime – some would say that happened a while ago, but hey ho.
Daylight saving time was introduced in 1907 by William Willett noticing that us Brits were wasting the daylight. He argued that if you changed the time so it would be lighter in the morning, we were more likely to get up and start work (thus making more money). Unfortunately, back then he didn’t see the invention of black out curtains! Something of a necessity if you are like me and love your sleep in the Summer. He thought that this idea could have significant health and happiness benefits. The bill was rejected at parliament in 1909, but this didn’t stop Willett from trying to persuade the public on his idea.
William Willett passed away in 1915, one year before the Germans adopted his idea of Daylight Saving in 1916. Not long after Germany adopted this, Britain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Turkey all followed suit. The Summer Time Act of 1916 was passed by Parliament on the 21st May 1916 with Summer Time finishing on the 1st October.
Over 100 years later and people are still questioning whether we need to ‘leap forward and fall back’. It made sense during WW1 and WW2, but what about modern lives? All we know is we really do enjoy that extra hour in bed once a year!
Luckily these days, computers, phones, even cars change the time automatically so you don’t have to remember. Weather and news updates also tend to remind you in the run up to the change as well. But if you do have any analogue clocks, you may need to remember to change them manually, otherwise you’ll be running 1 hour earlier than everyone else!