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British Summer Time 2012

March 25, 2012 by staff 

British Summer Time 2012, Time has come round again – tomorrow, Sunday 25 March 2012, at 1am, we have to put our clocks forward by 1 hour, turning 1am into 2am, as we leave Greenwich Mean Time behind to enter British Summer Time. That means we’ll all be getting out of bed an hour early, so what better excuse for a longer than usual lie-in?

Actually, after the hot, sunny spring weather today (Saturday) it feels like summer is here already, so maybe British Summer Time is here on time after all. Don’t forget to re-set your clocks, watches, mobile phones and car clocks – unless they’re radio or internet controlled, in which case they should do the job for you!

BST was first established by the Summer Time Act of 1916, after a campaign by builder William Willett. His original proposal was to move the clocks forward by 80 minutes, in 20-minute weekly steps on Sunday in April and by the reverse procedure in September. At this time BST began on 21 May and ended on 1 October.

The outbreak of the Great War made the issue more important primarily because of the need to save coal. Germany had already introduced the scheme when the bill was finally passed in Britain on 17 May 1916 and the clocks were advanced by an hour on the following Sunday, 21 May, enacted as a wartime production-boosting device under the Defence of the Realm Act. It was subsequently adopted in many other countries.

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