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Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - TIME ANGELA CROMPTON -

Late-night rev­ellers can count on an ex­tra hour out with friends tonight as the coun­try re­verts to New Zealand Stan­dard time for the com­ing win­ter months.

Blen­heim bar owner-man­ager War­ren Croft says his ho­tel, Fair­weath­ers, is one of four in town which op­er­ates into the small hours on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

He usu­ally closes at 3am but when that time ar­rives to­mor­row, staff will turn the clocks back to 2am and pour drinks for an­other hour.

‘‘Yes, it’s an ex­tra hour’s trad­ing,’’ War­ren says. ‘‘But it makes up for the hour we lost at the start of sum­mer.’’

Asked if staff are paid for their ex­tra hour’s work, he says, ‘‘Of course.’’ And most won’t mind stay­ing on for an­other 60 min­utes.

‘‘It’s of­ten a so­cial thing for them. They do their so­cial­is­ing at work while get­ting paid.

‘‘That’s what the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try is all about,’’ he adds.

War­ren won’t be stay­ing up to en­joy an ex­tra hour so­cial­is­ing with pun­ters in the bar.

He’ll be home in bed, rest­ing up for his 7am Sun­day work start. Still, to­mor­row that will be (to­day’s) 8am, giv­ing him the chance of a lit­tle lie-in.

Asked if drink­ing habits al­ter as the sea­sons change, he says more peo­ple stay at home for a while as the tem­per­a­tures start to drop.

‘‘Then once they get used to the cold [busi­ness] kicks off again.’’

The win­ter months bring more evening din­ers, he says, and older cus­tomers ar­rive ear­lier and go home sooner dur­ing the shorter days.

Younger peo­ple’s habits don’t change, though, War­ren says. They ar­rive at the pub for a good night out year-round.

Red­wood­town jew­eller­watch­maker Philip Gib­bi­son doesn’t no­tice much dif­fer­ence be­tween his cus­tomers’ habits from one sea­son to an­other but some peo­ple pop in with watches that can­not be moved for­ward or back when day­light sav­ing starts and fin­ishes.

Dust can get into dig­i­tal watches to clog up the elec­tronic com­mands, he says. Given a good in­ter­nal clean, how­ever, ev­ery­thing will usu­ally work again.

Philip is re­laxed about an­other sea­son’s day­light sav­ing end­ing but says he wouldn’t have wanted it to go on any longer.

‘‘And with the sum­mer we’ve had, we shouldn’t have had day­light sav­ing, al­most,’’ he says.

The New Zealand Fire Ser­vice sug­gests peo­ple use day­light sav­ing and the need to turn clocks back as a good re­minder to check that their smoke alarms are still work­ing.

Fire Ser­vice com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Scott Sar­gentina ad­vises house­hold­ers to add ‘‘alarm-check’’ to their list of things to do when they turn their clocks back.

‘‘In 80 per cent of the house fires we at­tend, smoke alarms are ei­ther not in­stalled or not work­ing’’ Scott says.

Fif­teen New Zealan­ders lost their lives last year as a re­sult of fire and a fur­ther 180 suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

A smoke alarm is an early warn­ing de­vice, al­low­ing those few cru­cial min­utes to get out of a house in the case of a fire.

Sleep-in?: Photo: DEREK FLYNN

Red­wood­town watch­maker Philip Gib­bi­son will join other New Zealan­ders and turn clocks back an hour to­mor­row for a Sun­day morn­ing lie-in.

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