IF you want to know the time ... don't ask the Europeans!
Clocks across Huddersfield have been put back to mark the end of British Summer Time - but they're a week early.
And it's all the fault, it seems, of the EC bureaucrats.
Bemused residents in areas including Lindley, Marsden and Batley were stunned to see their local clocks had moved back an hour over the weekend, exactly seven days before the official end of British Summer Time.
Many were quick to blame Kirklees Council.
But the council, and their contractors who look after hundreds of clocks across the country, had the answer.
"It's all down to the EC," they said.
The Commission has prescribed the start and finish of summer time in all its member states since 1981, with seven directives issued over the past 23 years.
Traditionally BST has ended on the fourth Sunday in October. Computers running electronic time systems have been programmed with that information.
But the EC directive for 2004 said BST ends on October 31 - the fifth Sunday.
It meant that clocks such as Lindley Clock Tower, Marsden Mechanics' Hall and Batley Library are now an hour out.
Jim Foster, a spokesman for William Potts, the firm contracted to maintain hundreds of clocks, including those in Kirklees, said: "It's the same all over.
"The microchips in the computer systems said BST ends on the fourth Sunday and they were never changed when the latest EC directive said it would be the fifth Sunday this year.
"These chips are programmed to last 99 years and it is not feasible to change them all every time a new EC directive comes out.
"We cannot physically get round to change every one and then change them again next Sunday."
But he admitted that the system will have to be reviewed: in 2005 and 2006 the changeover again falls on the fifth Sunday.
For 2004-2007 inclusive, the summer-time periods begin and end respectively on the following dates at 1am Greenwich Mean Time:
In 2004: The Sundays of March 28 and October 31
In 2005: The Sundays of March 27 and October 30
In 2006: The Sundays of March 26 and October 29
In 2007: the Sundays of March 25 and October 28