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Spring Forward to Summer Time

This year British Summer Time begins on Sunday 30th March 2014 when at 1am clocks are turned forward by one hour.

Its 107 years since William Willett first proposed what is now an annual ritual across both Britain and many other countries around the world.

Also known as eDaylight Saving Time, William Willett felt that useful daylight was being wasted first thing in the morning as most people were still asleep in bed.

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It wasn’t until 1916 that Britain first adopted the Daylight Saving Time scheme and by then Britain was in the midst of the First World War (1914 – 1918). The Summer Time Act of 1916 was quickly passed by Parliament and the first day of British Summer Time, 21 May 1916, was widely reported in the press.

As the debate regarding the benefits of daylight saving continues, we all know that it’s the night we get an hours less sleep.

Are you always unsure about whether the clocks go forward or back? Try this easy to remember saying:

“Spring Forward, Fall Back” (fall being autumn)

Does the changing of the clocks to British Summer Time affect you?  Do you think it should continue or be scrapped? Get in touch below and tell us what you think.

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