It is a business that has been at the heart of the community since 1969 – recognised as one of the area’s largest independent flooring and furniture specialists.

And now, Roger Harrod’s Karpet & Furniture Kingdom have been announced as the main sponsor for this year’s sparkling family pantomime – Aladdin – at the Marina Theatre.

Aladdin runs for 32 amazing performances full of eastern promise!

Fasten your seat belts for a magical carpet ride to Old Peking where soap-sud silliness has got Widow Twankey and her sons Aladdin and Wishee-Washee in a lather! Can the Slave of the Ring and the Genie of the Lamp help our hero win the day?

Karpet Kingdom was established by Roger and Joan Harrod in the garage of their family home and today they are still a family business – with the couple’s two sons now running the company.

Karpet Kingdom, on Whapload Road in Lowestoft, offers a wide selection of carpets, artificial grass, contract flooring, sofas, beds, living, dining and bedroom furniture.

Jon Harrod, of Karpet Kingdom, said: “We are immensely proud to be sponsoring this year’s pantomime at the Marina Theatre – which promises to be the biggest and best run of performances yet.

“We are all delighted at Karpet Kingdom to support the production and look forward to the fun and games this Christmas.”

The Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe will star as the regal and authoritative Empress of China in the spectacular family pantomime – fresh from her straight-talking and quick-witted appearances on Have I Got News For You and her unforgettable and star-turning performances on Strictly Come Dancing.

Ann will be accompanied on stage by popstar Mark Read, known to millions as a member of hit boyband A1, who is set to play the title character Aladdin.

Alongside funny man Terry Gleed, who will be returning by popular demand to play Wishee Washee, will be Aaron Spendelow as the Genie of the Lamp.

Also returning by popular demand will be Fenton Gray who will take on the role of Widow Twankey. Mia Richards will be playing Princess Jasmine, Deearna McLean as Slave of the Ring and Darren Clewlow-Smith as Abanazar.

The shows will once again be directed by Richard Cheshire and choreographed by Helen Jeckells and promises to take audiences on an eastern adventure full of spectacle, sparkle and shine.

Lee Henderson, Chief Executive at the Marina Theatre, added: “We are extremely grateful to Roger Harrod’s Karpet & Furniture Kingdom for their sponsorship of this year’s family pantomime.

“The Marina is a registered charity and support from local businesses is invaluable to ensure the theatre remains a vital theatre and entertainment resource for Lowestoft and its future generations.”

To book tickets, where the early bird price is just £15 on all tickets until September 2, call the box office on 01502 533200 or click HERE.

Karpet Kingdom is based on Whapload Road in Lowestoft. For more details, visit their website HERE.