Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Jan Harris
Assistant Editor
11:06 AM 26th October 2019

Good News - Bad News!

A poem that reminds me that autumn is well and truly here, summer has gone and winter is on its way.

Rustle, rustle go the leaves
On the forest floor
Up above the sky is grey
Not bright blue as before!

So it is that time of year again when the good news is we get an extra hour in bed, but the bad news is that the nights are drawing in and it will be getting darker earlier. No wonder people jet off to faraway places to get that last bit of sun before the winter takes hold.

When do the clocks change?

The clocks change twice every year to mark the beginning and end of British Summer Time, giving the UK an extra hour of evening daylight.

This weekend on Sunday morning at 2am we turn the clocks back 1 hour and we switch from BST (British Summer Time) or DST (Daylight Saving Time) and return to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.

Forward or back?

Most of us struggle to remember if we put the clocks forward or back. This happens twice a year. In spring we go forward and in autumn back.

The easiest way to remember which way is the saying 'Spring forward, fall back'.

The future

There is an ongoing discussion as to whether in the UK we should continue to change our clocks.

A committee of MEPs has voted to scrap the custom of changing the clocks in spring and autumn by 2021.

The proposed end to the spring and autumn custom of changing our clocks could affect Britain even if it leaves the EU.


Experts say that because we all tend to rely on technology most of us will forget to put our clocks back this weekend.

We live in a digital world and according to a survey 41% said they would check the time on their phone first, which would be done automatically. But clocks on your oven and in your car will need changing plus any other old-school analogue timepieces you may have around your house.

photo by Stephen Hanafin
photo by Stephen Hanafin
So don't forget to put your clocks and watches back 1 hour when you go to bed on Saturday night – or perhaps let technology do it for you!

But the good news is you'll get an extra hour in bed except the poor people who are working Saturday night!

In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.

The period when the clocks are 1 hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST). There's more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time).

When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)