Clocks go forward

Clocks spring forward tomorrow (Sunday).
Clocks spring forward tomorrow (Sunday).

Don’t get caught out this weekend – it’s time to change the clocks again.

The clocks go one hour forward on Sunday March 29 2015 at 1am, heralding in the lighter nights and (hopefully) better weather as spring gets well underway. The clocks go back again in autumn on Sunday October 25th.

The hour changes in spring and autumn in an attempt to make the most of the light. If you struggle with which is which, try this to help you remember: “Spring forward, fall back”.

Fall is, of course, the American term for autumn.

British Summer Time was suggested in 1907 by William Willett, a keen horse rider and frustrated by the ‘waste’ of daylight in the early mornings during the summer.

Willett’s pamphlet ‘The Waste of Daylight’ campaigned for the clocks to be changed, but he died in 1915 before he could see it come into being as the idea was opposed by many, especially farmers.

Austria and Germany were the first countries to enact ‘Daylight Savings Time’ in 1916, quickly followed the same year by the UK and much of Europe.

It was enforced during the First World War, in a bid to save money during wartime.

The current system has been in place since 1972, proposals to keep the clocks at least one hour ahead of GMT all-year round have been debated frequently in parliament but never implemented.