The 71-year-old British musician has spoken up for workers at the Tannoy plant in Coatbridge, Scotland, whose jobs are under threat as company bosses are planning to move manufacturing of the speaker systems to China.

In a letter to Richard Leonard, a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) who is leading a campaign to save the factory the Baba O'Riley rocker wrote, "I feel that the quality of the product will inevitably suffer without the skill and experience of the local workers."

According to editors at The Scotsman newspaper, Pete detailed how he and his rock contemporaries relied on Tannoy equipment in the missive.

"I have used Tannoy speakers all my life in the recording studio...Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Clash - we all used Tannoys to make our records that 50 years later still generate income and kudos for the UK," he explained.

Offering his continued support to the Labour Party MSP's campaign, he added, "I am happy to support the workforce...in the campaign to keep the Tannoy tradition of long-established excellence alive. We need to retain production and development in the hands of the experienced and proven Coatbridge workforce."

Praising Pete for his intervention the politician said, "Pete Townshend knows it is the quality of the workmanship, the experience that comes with applying those skills and the constant innovation built on tradition and know-how which makes the speakers made in Coatbridge so successful."

Bosses at Music Group, Tannoy's parent company, announced plans to close the plant in May last year (16).