Blyth was a Northumbrian village that was Professor Nicholas Bridgeman's childhood home, and the place where his father and mother died. His father had settled in the village after ten years in the Royal Air Force, due to the proximity to the shipyards in Newcastle and other parts of Tyne, which regularly employed veterans.

The couple were not buried in the town because the local Catholic priest refused so to do. Nicholas' mother had euthanised her vegetative husband with sleeping pills, and then overdosed on them herself. (PROSE: Invasion of the Cat-People)

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