THE clocks go forward tonight (Saturday), marking the start of the Isle of Wight summer as we move from Greenwich Mean Time to British Summer Time.

Each year the clocks are moved back in autumn and moved forward again in spring.

The clocks always go forward at 1am on the final Sunday of March, which this year falls on Sunday, March 31.

It does mean our weekend is cut short by one hour, but in return we will see more daylight in the evening.

In autumn the clocks will go back again at 2am on the final Sunday of October, which this year falls on Sunday, October 27.

The principal reason we change the clocks is to get the most out of the daylight.

The first clock change was introduced by the German government in 1916 during the first world war as a means of saving energy - the longer the daylight hours lasted, the less electricity was required.

Many European governments followed suit, including Britain, and so BST was born, with the current system in place since 1971.