Michael Constantine Cort
Chairman of Turton Urban District Council: 1963-64 (Conservative)
Born: The Withins, Breightmet, Bolton 18 July 1921
Died: 16 February 2006
Educated: Bolton School; St Bees School, Whitehaven,
His uncle was Thomas Glaister, Mayor of Bolton 1949-50.
His Great uncle was Knowles Edge, Mayor of Bolton 1916-18.
Joined the family business -
D Constantine & Son Ltd (Bleachers and Dyers) - in Ainsworth as a
departmental manager on the death of his father in 1938.
He enlisted in the RAF on 19 February 1941 and saw
service as a JNCO MT driver with No 9 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit -
Hullavington, No 84 Group - Avening Court and Oxford, No1 Heavy Glider
Service Unit in Hurn, Normandy and Netheravon. He was discharged in August
He then returned to D Constantine & Son Ltd which around 1964 became Red Bridge Book Cloth Company Ltd (Cotton Finishers). He became a director
of the company which in due course was broken up into smaller units - his
own part established in the original croft of the bleachworks as Admel
International Ltd. It later became the Conort Trading Company Ltd (from Constantine Cort) making
tracing cloth and glazed hollands.
He was a very keen Rotarian and strong
supporter of the Conservative Party.
Although his education was cut short by his father's death he became widely
read, had a passion for history and enjoyed travelling in classical Europe
and the Mediterranean. In later years his summers were spent in the Lake