People across the Teesside area could find themselves running an hour early this week.
Almost 2,000 clocks across the country automatically went back on Sunday - seven days early.
The premature switch - blamed on new European legislation - affected a number of timepieces in the area including this North Ormesby church and Darlington's Council's tower clock.
The clanger has affected all clocks made by Smith and Derby between 1999 and 2002.
They are controlled by a microchip that turns the time back on the fourth Sunday of October.
But legislation introduced in 1999 states that all members of the European Union must put their clocks back on the last Sunday of the month.
A spokesman for Darlington Borough Council told the Gazette they believed the clocks were simply broken.
But managing director of Smith and Derby, Peter Sully, confirmed it had been their oversight and the company is now looking at ways to correct the problem.
"There will be many clocks in the Teesside area which have been affected and we are now sending letters out to all customers explaining the situation," said Mr Sully.
"We will be suggesting temporary solutions to the problem as it's going to happen again next year when there are five Sundays in October.
"The EU are due to meet again in late 2006 to re-assess this and may change it again so it's difficult. They may even be doing away with the March and October time changes altogether."
Seaton Leng funeral parlours in Bondgate and Morrison's on North Road, in Darlington, have been affected.
A spokesman for Middlesbrough Council said they are not aware of any of their timepieces running early and Stockton Council's town hall clock is also running on time.
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Oct 27, 2004|
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