Changing clocks: good or bad idea?

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EVENING News readers have been making their voices heard on a campaign which could lead to lighter nights.

Supporters of the “Lighter Later” campaign believe that shifting the clocks forward by one hour for the whole year could boost business and leisure.

Holbeck Clock Tower

Holbeck Clock Tower

However those opposing it believe that darker mornings could lead to problems with road safety – especially for children going to school.

The campaign is gaining pace as a House of Commons vote on the Daylight Saving Bill is due to take place on January 20.

A previous story in the Evening News has created a strong response from readers, with views and comments on both sides.

Tony and Sue Aspinall, of Sheepdyke Lane, Hunmanby, said: “Yes, yes, yes! The clock says 4pm, pitch black, and your body says 5pm.

“Put the clock forward and the world and my dogs will be content again!”

Mr R. Bedford, of Scalby Road, is also in favour of the change. He said: “Denmark and Norway do not have a problem. Scottish friends tell me it would not make a huge difference – and think of their spring and summer advantages.”

Miss R. Brophy, of Bar Street, said: “It would be super to alter the balance of light towards the end of the day.

“I find the winter is so depressing because of early darkness.”

Henry Reveley, of Forest Road, Pickering, added: “It is a good idea as a safety aspect and electric saving.

“As it is now we have early morning daylight in summer when most people are in bed.

“That daylight in the evening would be beneficial to sports like cricket and bowls.”

However, a number of readers oppose the move, citing reasons such as safety and the fact it was tried before and abandoned.

Mrs B Martin, of Highfield, said: “No! Leave the clocks alone. It was a disaster for the North and Scotland when it was tried years ago.”

Harold Barker, of Westbourne Park, said: “This idea was imposed in the Second World War to save fuel. It was quickly rescinded when hostilities ceased. Do our masters never look back in history?”

Pam Mawson, of Dovecot Close, Gristhorpe, added: “Whoever supports this has no imagination. Mornings will be much more hazardous for those setting off early. Can’t you enjoy yourselves with your lights on?”

R Walker, of Osgodby Grove, said: “As a fisherman I certainly don’t want darker mornings. Also my friends in the building trade don’t.”