Don’t forget to change the clocks this weekend

Leyland Motors clock on Churchill Way, Leyland

Leyland Motors clock on Churchill Way, Leyland

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Don’t get caught out this weekend – it’s time to change the clocks again for the arrival of British Summer Time (BST).

The clocks go one hour forward on Sunday March 29, 2015 at 1am, heralding in BST, lighter nights and (hopefully) better weather as spring gets well underway.

Carnforth train Station, Lancashire.  Both the station and the clock have been immortalised in the 1945 movie Brief Encounters.

Carnforth train Station, Lancashire. Both the station and the clock have been immortalised in the 1945 movie Brief Encounters.

The clocks go back again in autumn in the early hours of Sunday, October 25, 2015.

The hour changes in spring and autumn in an attempt to make the most of the light.

To make it a little easier to remember which way the clocks are changing, this saying of North American origin might help: “Spring forward, fall back”.

Fall being the American term for autumn.

Booths Clock, Preston

Booths Clock, Preston

Interesting facts about British Summer Time

• British-born New Zealander George Vernon Hudson first proposed the modern idea of a two-hour daylight saving in 1895.

• 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.

• The lighter evenings are also said to reduce road traffic accidents and crime.

• It is argued BST is good for physical and psychological health, particularly in terms of relieving the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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