THIS year the clocks go forward at 1am on March 28.

The period when the time is pushed one hour ahead takes place on the last Sunday of March when we move from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST).

It is sometimes known as Daylight Saving Time (DST) or 'GMT+1' when there is more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings.

An American politician and inventor called Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea while in Paris in 1784.

He suggested that if people got up earlier, when it was lighter, then it would save on candles.

But it arrived in the UK after Coldplay singer Chris Martin's great-great-grandfather wanted everyone to get out of bed earlier.

Builder William Willett published a leaflet in 1907 called 'The Waste of Daylight'.

Legend has it that Willett was a keen golfer and he got increasingly frustrated when his games would be cut short because the sun went down and there wasn't enough light to carry on playing.

Sadly it was only introduced in the UK during the First World War in 1916 - a year after he died.

On Coldplay's 2002 album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, Chris Martin's band had songs called Clocks and Daylight.

But it is unclear if that is just coincidence or a little nod to the singer's ancestry.