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Don’t forget the clocks go back an hour at 2am tonight

  • At 2am the UK will revert from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time
  • It will mean an extra hour in bed but the nights will continue to get longer 
  • The idea of changing the clocks was first dreamt up by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 

At 2am on Sunday, October 29, the UK will revert from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which means it will actually go back to being 1am.

The ‘fall back’ marks the official end of the summer, which may be sad news for many, but means an extra hour in bed.

Clocks ‘spring forward’ again on March 25 2018, when British Summer Time returns and the days will start to get longer.

Founding Father of the United States Benjamin Franklin first had the idea to change the clocks while he was in Paris in 1784. 

At 2am tonight (Sunday October 29) the time in the UK will go back to being 1am as Greenwich Mean Time replaces British Summer Time 

He suggested that if people got out of bed an hour earlier they would get extra daylight.

But it was not something that was properly introduced in the UK until 1916. 

It had been discussed for a number of years beforehand by the Government but many people opposed it the first time around.

A man called William Willett wrote a whole pamphlet about it in 1907 called ‘The Waste of Daylight’ about how people wasted valuable hours of light during the summer.

He was also a keen golfer and would become rather annoyed when it got too dark for him to continue playing in the evening.

Sadly he died in 1915, a year before it was introduced in the UK.

In terms of physically putting your clocks back an hour, as long as your devices are connected to the internet via 4G or WiFi, the time will update automatically. 


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