Why do we change the clocks ?

Well this weekend is that time of year again where we turn the clocks backwards and all get one hour more in bed! #happydays.

The clocks will be going backward on Sunday 28th October 2018 at 2am – so hopefully all our Chefs and Kitchen Assistants will be fast asleep tucked up in bed when it happens!

When the clocks change like this, we are moving from what is called British Summer Time (BST) – GMT+1 – back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

But did you know ?

The idea of moving the clocks forwards and backwards was discussed by the government in 1908, but many people didn’t like it so it wasn’t made a law. It was actually first introduced by the Germans in World World One, just before the UK did it. During World War Two, the UK actually used what was called British Double Summer Time (BDST), when the clocks were ahead by an extra hour during the summer. But this didn’t last for very long.

Now, the UK’s clocks always go back by one hour on the last Sunday in October and forward by one hour on the last Sunday in March.

Moving clocks like this is now done in some countries across the world, but many still don’t do this.

Some think having BST is a good thing because it saves energy, by making better use of natural daylight, and helps to reduce traffic accidents.

Others don’t like it because they argue that it doesn’t actually save any energy, and it can make it darker when children are going to school in the morning, which can be dangerous. They also think it is not very good for our health.

Retailers dislike the change to GMT as the darker evenings mean much fewer people are likely to go shopping in the evenings after work. Obviously, any damage done is offset by the manic Christmas period, but with both opening and closing occurring in the dark, it can seem like a long time before the clocks change again!

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