Hour Change 2014

March 25, 2014 by The Co-operative Food IMG_1970

Don’t forget that on Sunday 30th March the hour changes as our clocks spring forward to British summer time.

Right now we’re just past the equinox when there is pretty much 12 hours of dark and 12 hours of daylight everywhere across the world, that was on the 20th of March, and so it’s fitting that we herald spring with lighter evenings to tempt us back outside at the end of the day.

The actual hour change takes place at 1.00 am on Sunday 30th March when the clocks all wind forward one hour, curtailing your night out if you’re on a late one!

We’ve been practising the hour change in this country since 1916 when it was introduced as an energy saving mechanism, although it was proposed back in 1907. Now the change of time is integrated across Europe to save confusion, although not all countries make the changes.

In Russia, and nearer by in Iceland they no longer make the change, even some US states, including Hawaii and Arizona don’t change their hours. Russia is an interesting case as it abandoned daylight saving a couple of years back, and that was the second time they’ve dropped it.

You can be sure that every year there will be a round of polls and research published urging us to consider whether the practise is still relevant. These tend to come out more often in late October when the already darkening evenings suddenly get properly dark and people feel a touch of gloom from the impending winter. However while we may like the idea of permanently adopting British Summer Time in England, we need to spare a thought for those in the north of Scotland. For them BST would mean that it would be dark at both ends of the normal working day.

We did try it in the UK between 1968 and 1971 – but then moved back to the twice yearly change.

Just as important as the hour change; don’t forget that it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday too – you can dash around to your local Co-operative to find her a treat – see the Mother’s Day article on this link.

Which would you prefer, lighter mornings or evenings?

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