What day do the clocks go back this October?
With the warmer summer weather and school holidays being a dim and distant memory, the only thing left to happen is for the clocks to go back, signalling the official end of British Summer Time (BST), we’re not sad about it at all :’).
We may be waving goodbye to leaving the house without a coat, spending evenings in the garden until late, and those endless nights in pub gardens, but the clocks going back does have its benefits – hands up who’s looking forward to that extra hour in bed on Sunday morning?!
This year, the clocks will go back on this Sunday, October 27th, at 2am, signalling the revert back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and you’ll notice that this always happens at a weekend to try and be as less disruptive to schools and businesses.
The clocks ‘falling back’ and ‘springing forward’ has been a concept that has happened since the beginning of the 20th century, which was agreed to reduce the amount of wasted daylight in the mornings. In today’s world, many people still agree with the idea of changing the clocks once a year, for a number of reasons including reducing energy consumption, particularly for heating, lighting and other home related appliances which are a big drain on resources, encouraging people to support leisure and tourism and spend more time outdoors in the summer, and finally, reducing the risk of road accidents.
Although the concept of daylight-saving time has been around for hundreds of years, opponents of the case have suggested that the darker mornings can in effect be even more dangerous and can disrupt the routines of farmers tending to their livestock.
With the world being drastically different from the early 20th century when the clock changes first came into place, with homes being constantly lit and electricity and heating facilities readily available, many have suggested whether the need to change the clocks twice a year is even needed, and this is an ongoing debate that continues to this day.
With the clocks going back this weekend, we’d love to hear how you’ll be spending the extra hour! Will you be making the most of the time by cosying up in bed, watching a film in your cosy Everyday Cotton leggings to welcome in the winter months, or will you be staying out partying the extra hour away – we’d love to hear from you!