The End of British Summertime, and a brief history

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Donít Forget End of British Summer Time Clocks go back on the 30th October

The clocks will go back by one hour at 2.00am on Sunday 30th October. Rather than it being 2.00am the clocks will go back to 1.00am as British Summer Time ends for another year.

We've been changing our clocks forwards and backwards in the UK since 1916. It's all to do with saving the hours of daylight, and was started by a man called William Willett, a London builder, who lived in Petts Wood in Kent William Willett first proposed the idea of British Summer Time in 1907 in a pamphlet entitled 'The Waste of Daylight'. Willett had noticed that the summer mornings light was wasted while people slept, and that the time would be better utilised in the afternoon by putting the clocks forward. After campaigning for years the British Government finally adopted the system a year after Willett's death.


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