Clocks are Springing Forward!

March 24, 2018

The first glimpse of the season changing for winter to spring is just around the corner.  This is signified by the clocks moving forward an hour on Sunday morning.  One less hour of sleep, one less hour of your precious weekend, one less hour untill it's Monday again.

However, on a positive note it also means one more hour of daylight in your day.  But why do we do this, why do we need to change our clocks twice a year, when did this all start...?

Clocks Springing Forward

Here in the UK, Daylight Savings time was officially introduced following The Summer Time Act of 1916.  This was a law which was championed by builder William Willett - the great great grandfather of Coldplay's singer Chris Martin - (that explains the song 'Clocks') and who was a lifelong campaigner for Daylight Savings.

The thought behind this introduction was that he trusted during the summer months it would save on energy bills and allow everyone to have greater quality time outdoors.  But, it is logically thought that the reason for more daylight hours was to assist the increased labour activity during the First World War.

No matter what the reason we still abide by this law today, so, remember not to get caught out and be prepared to lose that hour of sleep, but enjoy the extra hour of sunshine (hopefully).