30 October, 2011

Our Clocks go back one hour tonight

I need to change my time the minute following 12:59am tomorrow (Sunday, 30 October 2011) morning will be 12:00 midnight. For the second time tomorrow.

That’s because, across Europe, we put our clocks back by one hour ‘tonight’ to welcome back Greenwich Mean Time.

Why do the clocks change?

The website of Woodlands Junior School in Kent explains:

They've been changing the 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 (near our school).

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.
You may have read reports of a possible change to this tradition in the news recently, and Conservative MP Rebecca Harris appeared on The Daily Politics yesterday to discuss why she is hoping to move the UK to European time. But for now, at least, it seems that our watches will be ticking back an hour for another year.


glentot said...

I think thy do the same thing in the US around November....

Semidoppel said...

ahhh is that the daylight saving time?

Manong Iskrambol said...

I really still do not get this hahaha,. why do we have to turn back the hour..
if it has nothing to do with rotation of the earth and just about saving hour to maximize daylight why why do we have to turn back time.. (oh that made me sing).. well I guess if a country practices daylight saving time.. you will have to get use to it or you lose track of time and be late most of the time..

thanks for the share bro..

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