Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

EDP Norfolk - - EDP NORFOLK MAGAZINE - DO­MINIC CAS­TLE, Ed­i­tor, EDP Nor­folk Magazine 01603 772758/07725 201153, do­minic.cas­[email protected]­chant.co.uk

At the end of this month some­thing will hap­pen which will have pro­found ef­fects for all of us. It has been the sub­ject of much de­bate and end­less ar­gu­ment and, although the dis­cus­sion goes on, at the time of writ­ing it is still go­ing to hap­pen on the ap­pointed day.

I’m talk­ing about the clocks go­ing for­ward of course.

In Bri­tain, the twice-yearly rit­ual of mov­ing the clocks for­ward an hour in March and back an hour in Oc­to­ber has been es­tab­lished, in one form or an­other, for more than a cen­tury. The only ex­cep­tion to this is of course the clock in the car, which never gets changed be­cause you can never re­mem­ber which three but­tons need to be pushed si­mul­ta­ne­ously for five sec­onds.

But it is a fine mo­ment, worth the ap­par­ent loss of an ex­tra hour in bed. For weeks the evenings have been inch­ing out, lighter and lighter. Then we make the switch and some­how the world of­fi­cially be­comes a nicer place as glum win­ter is dis­pensed with.

The evenings be­come some­thing other than an ex­cuse to gorm in front of the fire and a world of things to do out­side opens up.

The his­tory of what is usu­ally called Day­light Sav­ings Time around the word and Bri­tish Sum­mer Time here, in­cludes a spell when the clocks went for­ward and not back and a time dur­ing the Sec­ond World War when it went for­ward two hours.

And, un­of­fi­cially, we have even had a Nor­folk Sum­mer Time, thanks to royal bon viveur King Ed­ward VII. The monarch en­joyed hunt­ing at San­dring­ham very much. So much so that in 1901, in or­der to max­imise his fun, he de­creed that all clocks on the es­tate should be run 30 min­utes fast, cre­at­ing ‘San­dring­ham Time’, which would not have been at all con­fus­ing for his guests.

There has been much talk over the mer­its of BST and a cam­paign to make it a per­ma­nent thing, giv­ing us an ex­tra hour of light, even made it as far as the House of Com­mons. But it sank af­ter it was pointed out that those hardy souls who live in the north of Scot­land would be in gloom for rather too much of the day.

Frankly I don’t imag­ine they’d no­tice as it would al­most cer­tainly be rain­ing, but hey ho.

So just en­joy the ex­tra hour and the op­por­tu­nity that it brings.

There’s ap­par­ently some­thing else likely to hap­pen round about the end of March. I have noth­ing use­ful to add on that other than to say; keep calm and carry on lov­ing Nor­folk. It’s go­ing nowhere and al­ways looks even bet­ter in the spring.

Time for a change

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