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Turn Back the Clock

Thursday 26 October 2017 @ 00:00

Tick Tock - It Is Time to Turn Back the Clock!

It hardly seems like five minutes since we put our clocks forward in March this year, meaning we ‘lost’ an hour while we adjusted to British Summer Time (BST).

And now it’s time to say ‘farewell’ to BST and say ‘hello’ to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) for the next six months.

Remember to turn back your clocks by one hour on Sunday 29th October - and gain an extra hour in your Wigwam® Cabin!

It’s a good idea to do this before you go to bed – avoiding confusion the following day …

So, if you’ve ever asked yourself, why do we do this fiddly thing with our timepieces, read on …

In the early part of the twentieth century, keen horse-rider and Surrey-born William Willett noticed on one of his early morning rides how many blinds were drawn, even though the sun was up and daytime was well under way. As he worked in the construction trade, he understood the importance of productivity.

In 1907, he came up with idea of putting the clocks forward in spring and back again in September, therefore preventing wastage of daylight hours in the summer months, when the days were lighter for longer.

The idea was bandied around Parliament for a few years, and eventually Germany was the first country in Europe to adopt the idea. Britain followed suit in 1916, half way through World War One. The first day of British Summer Time was declared May 21 of that year. The main reason for adopting the idea was to save coal during the war effort.

And if you think one hour is bad enough, in World War Two, British Double Summer Time was temporarily introduced, when clocks were turned forward in the spring by two hours. In the winter, the clocks were turned back by just one hour. The idea was to give more daylight to the working day, once again increasing productivity during Britain’s darkest hours.

And did you know that between 1968 and 1971, the clocks only went forward and not back. This was done a trial basis during those years but was unsuccessful and the trial was subsequently abandoned.

While it can take a while to get used to, it is a tradition of our culture. In the autumn, turning back the clock by 60 minutes means lighter mornings for a while, but the evening darkness pulls in an hour earlier. By November and December, both mornings and evenings are dark – but we’re safe in the knowledge the Shortest Day (21st or 22nd December) means we’re on our way back to spring and summer – even if it does seem to be a long time coming!

So while you enjoy your (slightly extended) autumn break in your Wigwam® Cabin on the weekend of the 29th October, many digital devices automatically update; however, battery-powered clocks will probably need to be adjusted manually. Some car clocks also need altering (and it can be fiddly job).

But we’re of the opinion that an extra hour is a great thing – just ensure you use it wisely!

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