By Halliwell, Cat
24/03/2017

Why do we change our clocks in the UK?

Spring forward and fall back, that’s how most people remember which way to alter their clocks each time.

On Sunday morning, at 1 am to be exact, the clocks will officially be moving forward 1 hour, moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST).

It was American politician and inventor, Benjamin Franklin that first suggested the idea in 1784, but it wasn’t until 1907 that the notion was discussed again. Interesting fact alert……….It was Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin’s great-great-grandfather, William Willett that brought the idea to the UK.

The idea of moving clocks forward and backwards was discussed by the government in 1908, but it was never made a law because a large portion of the population didn’t like the idea. After spending his life trying to convince people that it was a good idea, William Willett died 1 year after it was officially introduced as a law in 1916.

In 1920 the experiment was paused when the government saw huge opposition from dairy farmers, who claimed it was affecting the productivity of their cows. During World War 2, it was re-introduced and since then the UK's clocks always go back by one hour on the last Sunday in October and forward by one hour on the last Sunday in March.

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