Don’t forget the clocks go back TONIGHT: British Summer Time finally comes to an end at 2am – but at least you get an extra hour in bed
- 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
- Clocks go back tonight as British Summer Time will finally come to an end
Clocks go back tonight as British Summer Time will finally come to an end at 2am.
This time, Britons can get an extra hour in bed as they adjust to the clocks moving back.
The clock change, which has always fallen on the last Sunday of October, will mean a long Sunday morning lie-in for the nation on October 28.
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
This is because Britain has come to end of British Summer Time, also called BST.
By moving our clocks forward in the summer every year, in a tradition marked with the Summer Time Act 1916, farmers and workers are given another hour of daylight.
Originally, this was to contribute towards the war effort, since there was more light in the evenings.
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.
Founding Father of the United States Benjamin Franklin first had the idea to change the clocks while he was in Paris in 1784
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.
When the clocks go back tonight, Britain will go back to Greenwich Mean Time.
However, night workers may have to work an extra hour, and those working on Sunday morning may get confused with the time.