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When do the clocks change this weekend?

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It’s that time of year again when we all start to wonder when are the clocks changing? Do they go forward…or back? There’s a quick mnemonic to help you remember, ‘Spring forward, fall back’ or as I say ‘March forward, fall back’ either way is helpful. The idea proposed in Britain by builder William Willett, was due to the ‘waste’ of useful daylight during the summer specifically in the morning. British Summer Time (BST) was then adopted in 1916 as a way to save candles and electricity as technology improved and became more widely available as well as money. British Summer Time is quickly coming to an end, at 2am on 29 October – we’ll be changing the clocks back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and that all important extra hour in bed. This also means it’ll be lighter an hour earlier in the mornings, and the evenings darker. We make the most of the time by curling up on the sofa together with a good book or a binge worth series on the TV. What I’m looking forwarding to the most though is, on Sunday 31 March 2024 at 1am, the clocks will be moved forward an hour to British Summer Time (BST). Yep, that means an hour less in bed but luckily not on mother’s day. There are perks to the change of clocks such as it will get lighter an hour later in the morning and the lovely long evenings to enjoy a barbecue or a late evening walk along your favourite trail. It’s helpful to know that that clock change always happens on the last Sunday of March and the last Sunday of October. The majority of devices will change the time for you automatically, don’t forget that those powered by batteries likely won’t and most cars don’t either.