Published On: Sat, Oct 26th, 2019

Clocks go back TONIGHT: What time will the clocks go back tonight?

When the clocks are moved forward in the summer months, it is to make the most of lighter evenings.

The first proposal for daylight savings time came from builder William Willet, as according to Dr Richard Dunn, senior curator for the History of Science at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, he was “incensed at the ‘waste’ of useful daylight during the summer.

Mr Willet said: “Though the sun had been up for hours as he rode his horse through Chislehurst and Petts Wood, people were still asleep in bed”.

He proposed the clocks changing in his pamphlet The Waste of Daylight published in 1907.

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