Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Clocks Set to Change with Season, but Why Do We 'Fall Back' to GMT?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Clocks Set to Change with Season, but Why Do We 'Fall Back' to GMT?

Article excerpt

IT'S that time of year again when nights start to draw in.

After a glorious summer, winter will soon be upon us.

Clocks change from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time on the last Sunday of October every year in the UK. In 2018 this is October 28, when the clocks will go BACK one hour at 2am.

So, we get an hour extra in bed on that Sunday, but sunset will be an hour earlier for the next five months.

If you're unsure which way the clocks go, just remember 'Spring forward, fall back'.

But why do we make this change? The United States founding father Benjamin Franklin first had the idea to put the clocks forward during summer in 1784. If people got out of bed an hour earlier they'd get extra daylight, he said.

However, it wasn't something that was properly introduced in the UK until 1916 - and many people opposed it. …

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