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Don't forget the clocks go forward this weekend on Sunday March 30

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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British summer time is almost upon us.

The clocks go forward one hour this Sunday, March 30, at 1am.

British Summer Time was first proposed in Britain by William Willett, who was incensed at the "waste" of useful daylight first thing in the morning, during summer.

He proposed the idea in 1907, but it was not until 1916 the government chose to adopt BST in order to be on the same time as the Germans, who had adopted the idea several weeks earlier.

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In 1968 to 1971 when the clocks went forward, Britain experimented with keeping BST and not turning the clocks back for winter. But the Home Office eventually abandoned the idea.

Since then people have been struggling to get to grips with which way the clocks will change, although the saying "Spring forward, fall backwards" helps a huge number of us.

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