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'Spring forward...' Clocks change on Sunday

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Published at 8:56am 29th March 2019.

We can enjoy longer evenings from tomorrow after the clocks go forward.

The transition to British Summer Time takes place at 1am on Sunday (March 31) when the clocks skip an hour, moving to 2am.

It means an hour less in bed on Sunday, but from then until October, the evenings will have more daylight and the mornings less.

While computers, laptops and mobile phones update the time automatically, other clocks need to be changed manually.

The idea of daylight saving was proposed in 1907 by a builder William Willett, but it was not until 1916 that it was adopted in the UK.

British Double Time was temporarily introduced during the Second World War to increase productivity - with clocks going forward two hours ahead during daylight saving periods, and one hour ahead in the winter.

Supporters of the concept argue that people prefer more daylight after a typical 9am-5pm day, and that it decreases energy consumption.

The clocks go back an hour on Sunday October 27.

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