26 Oct

When do the clocks go back in October 2016?

Posted 26/10/2016 by: Reeds Rains

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The day is fast approaching when we get an extra hour in bed (yippee) and although this also means that winter is on the way and so are the darker evenings, on the flipside it does also mean that the mornings will be getting brighter than they are the moment.

The old saying comes in handy here, ‘spring forward and fall back’, this will help you to remember if the clocks go back or forward and at what time of year.

This year you should be putting your clocks back 60 minutes at 2am on Sunday 30 October, when Britain will be reverting to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and marks the official end of British Summer Time (BST).

Common places that you will also need to change the clock will be ovens, microwave, central heating systems, car, alarm clocks, grandfather clock, wall clocks, and watch to name but a few.

The good news is if you wake up and are unsure of what the time really is, there are a number of places you can check.

  • If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac they automatically change, but do check in your date and time settings that you have the function ‘set automatically’, switched on for this to take effect.

  • With smartphones, this is usually done through the network operator, but again do make sure that you have your automatic updates switched on within your phones menu.

  • Turn on the television and look at a news channel, there is normally a little clock in the right or left hand corner, or check the channel list menu as it is usually displayed here too.

Clocks then move forward again on Sunday 26 March 2017.

So how did British Summer time come about?

William Willett campaigned long and hard using his own financial resources that clocks should be advanced to British Summer Time (BST) and was unsuccessful after several attempts to get it passed into law. Unfortunately William did not live to see the daylight saving become law, as he died of a flu infection in 1915 at the age of 58. But his legacy certainly lives on and a memorial sundial can be found in Petts Wood, Bromley which is permanently set to British Summer Time.

Did you know?

William Willett is the Great, Great Grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin!


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