When do the clocks go back?

PUBLISHED: 09:34 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:26 30 October 2017

Changing the clocks will give you an extra hour in bed. Picture: ELENATHEWISE

Changing the clocks will give you an extra hour in bed. Picture: ELENATHEWISE

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The good news is the clocks going back will give you an extra hour in bed, but you say goodbye to your light evenings.

At 2am on Sunday, October 29, the clocks will go back an hour, reverting the UK back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

This will result in the mornings being brighter but the days getting dark earlier.

To avoid confusion on what direction to change your clocks in, remember – spring forward, fall back.

This year, Sunday, March 26, marked the start of British Summer Time (BST) when the clocks went forward by one hour.

This is done to give Britain more daylight later in the evening.

Most electronic devices like iPhones and smart phones will update automatically but it is best to double check.

An American politician and inventor called Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea to change the clocks back in 1784.

He suggested the idea as he thought if people got up earlier, when it was lighter, then it would save candles.

However, it didn’t arrive in the UK until 1907 when a builder called William Willet thought it was a good idea too.

William Willet – great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin – published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight to try and encourage people to get out of bed earlier.

It was then discussed in government in 1908 but many people didn’t like the idea so it wasn’t made a law.

Mr Willet didn’t give up, he spent his life trying to convince people that it was a good idea.

It was finally introduced in the UK in 1916, a year after Mr Willet had died.

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