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Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving Time

British Summer Time always begins on the last Sunday in March; this year it happens on Sunday 26th March at 2am. In fact, 2016 saw the 100th anniversary of daylight saving.

Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea in 1784 advocating that if people got up earlier when it was lighter, they would save on candles.

However, it only came to prominence again in 1907 when Cold Play’s Chris Martin’s great-great-grandfather, a builder called William Willet, thought it was a good idea too. In 1907 he published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight which encouraged people to get out of bed earlier. Willet was a keen golfer and rumour has it he was cross when his games were cut short because the sun went down.

The Government discussed the idea for many years but it only became law in 1916. In fact, Germany actually introduced Daylight Saving a year before the UK during the First World War.

Did you know that only 70% of the world choose to mess with their daylight? Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) do not observe daylight saving; it’s also skipped in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Many of the countries around or below the equator don’t feel its necessary or benefits them due to their proximity.

Written By: Feona L Horton

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