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Original article from Kent Live

British Summer Time is arriving this weekend as the clocks spring forward.

Everyone in the UK is going to lose an hour of sleep, but with that we will gain an extra hour of daylight.

The clocks will move forward an hour this Sunday (March 28).

The change happens at 1am, meaning what was 1am becomes 2am.

These days most electronic clocks will make the change automatically, making the fears of being one hour late to everything on that Sunday almost a thing of the past.

However, if you do have old fashioned clocks around you'll need to make a note to change them.

Why do the clocks change?

You have American politician and inventor Benjamin Franklin to thank for your loss of an hour's sleep on Sunday.

Franklin suggested that if people were to get up earlier, when it was lighter, then it would be more economic on the use of candles – of course referring to the October hour change.

However, it wasn't until William Willett pushed the idea in the 20th century that the clock change was taken up.

Willett happens to be the great-great-grandfather of Chris Martin, perhaps inspiration for Coldplay hit single 'Clocks'…

Willett played a lot of golf and knew that he could gain an extra hour of light for playing when the clocks changed in March.

The idea of implementing the hour change was first discussed by the government in 1908 but wasn't made law as people weren't too keen on the idea of it.

It was only made law in 1916 after a lot of campaigning by Willett, who actually died in 1915 – never getting that extra hour of golf he wanted.

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