When do the clocks go back in 2016?

PUBLISHED: 09:52 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 26 October 2016

Clocks go back on Sunday morning (PA Photo/Handout)

Clocks go back on Sunday morning (PA Photo/Handout)

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Get your best pyjamas on – it’s time for an extra long lie-in this Sunday.

The clocks will go back an hour at 2am as we make the change from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time.

The annual change, which takes place on the last Sunday of October each year, is designed to give us lighter mornings as the days become shorter.

One easy way to remember whether your clock is going back and forward during the year is ‘Spring forward, Fall back’.

The idea of changing the clocks in the UK was first introduced by William Willett – the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin – in 1907.

Coined British Summer Time or Daylight Saving Time, the system, which was already successfully in place in Germany, was designed to make use of the daytime and prevent wasting the light mornings in the summer.

Willett produced a book called The Waste of Daylight in an effort to get people out of bed earlier by changing the nation’s clocks.

He spent the rest of his life trying to convince people his idea would work, but he died in 1915 before Daylight Saving Time had been put into place.

Ironically, Britain deployed the scheme on May 21 1916, less than a year after Willett died – and it has been a regular part of British life ever since.

If you want to do more with your extra hour than just get a bit more kip, why not pop the kettle on, stick on your slippers and have a good thumb through the Recorder?

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