Now British Summer Time Has Ended

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Waking up this morning knowing that I had that extra hour sleep was very satisfying now British Summer Time has ended

The end of British Summer time was the early hours of this morning. Hence the extra hour added to the night


All Change

Daylight Saving Time or British Summer Time is a period of time in which the clocks are pushed forward an hour, so that evening daylight lasts longer

This happens between March and October in the UK,  where we deviate from the standard Greenwich Mean Time

Daylight saving time sees clocks adjust one hour forward at the start of spring

Which are then put one hour backwards in autumn

The UK reverted back to Greenwich Mean Time, from British Summer Time at 2am on Sunday, October 28

This does means everyone can gain an extra hour sleep, obviously if your family lets you

Although on the downside, it does mean the evenings will start getting darker sooner which or most is when we really notice winter is here

Greenwich Mean Time begins on the last weekend of October,  and runs until the last weekend of March every year

The time zone works on the same numbers as Coordinated Universal Time, the basis for the 24-hour time zones systems used all around the world

Greenwich Mean Time is observed by Europe, Africa, North America and Antartica but only certain countries use it all year round



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History Of The Change

British Summer Time is a relatively new time zone, and has only been in place since 1916

Builder William Willet campaigned for the idea in the early twentieth century

He was the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin

Mr Willet believed moving the clocks forward in spring would help people to live outdoors more

He published a pamphlet in 1907 called The Waste of Daylight, outlining his ideas on making the most of the day light time

Legislation was finally passed on May 17, 1916

Sadly Mr Willet did not see the bill’s passing, as he died of flu the year earlier

During the Second World War, Britain moved two hours of GMT to British Double Summer Time temporarily too


The Benefits

Having the lighter mornings is to help the traditional early morning workers with their jobs

It is also more accommodating for school children to walk to school in morning light, rather than it still being dark

People prefer to be outside more in the light rather than the dark, so this was idealised as a health benefit too


Most new technology like mobile phones and computers adjust the time themselves

But if you cannot remember which way the clocks move there is any easy phase to remind you

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We have Halloween next and Christmas is only a short two months away, this is when I start preparing

Hopefully the daylight saving will benefit most people in their daily lives


Has the hour loose, or gain ever affected you? Where you are either an hour early or late because of it? 

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  1. A S,Edinburgh
    28/10/2018 / 18:50

    Interesting facts, thank you! It was really nice to get that extra hour without it eating into the day.

  2. Amy simpson
    30/10/2018 / 07:19

    I love the early mornings remaining lighter, just don’t enjoy the early darker evenings x

  3. bev
    31/10/2018 / 09:29

    Hate it – it really confuses the dogs!

  4. Michelle whyte
    01/11/2018 / 18:58

    I love Autumn and the evenings getting darker…it means Spring is round the corner…love the facts on your blog.

  5. Alex Telford
    02/11/2018 / 10:40

    I was astonished about how quickly the weather changed this year in line with the clocks changing. It is freezing all of a sudden!

  6. bev
    03/11/2018 / 09:09

    I usually feed the guinea pigs their veggie supper at about five – it’s taken me nearly a week to realise why they’re shrieking at 4. I’ve explained the clocks have gone back and I hope for quiet now! LOL

  7. Anthony Harrington
    11/11/2018 / 09:06

    every year we hear that the clocks may be left on BST but every year they always do get put back to GMT

  8. Emma Lamb
    14/11/2018 / 03:51

    I always end up going to work the wrong time 🙄

  9. bev
    14/12/2018 / 08:02

    Oh I miss summer! Too cold!

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