The bells of City Hall will be ringing out on Friday as part of the St George’s Day celebrations in Bradford.

Bradford Cathedral will be flying the St George’s Cross while City Hall’s bells will ring out to the tunes of Jerusalem and Rose of England.

Meanwhile, horses stable at Bradford Industrial Museum will pull a decorated cart carrying the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor John Godward, as he leads the St George’s Parade through the city centre.

The Bishop of Bradford, the Right Reverend David James, who will also be taking part in the parade, said: “I think it is a good occasion for coming together and celebrating our life together, since St George is an appropriate saint for multicultural England, as a person of foreign origins.

“It is appropriate that in multicultural Britain we should be inspired by somebody of a different background to our own and share our common resolve to slay the dragons which threaten our community well-being.”

The parade will start at the Oastler Centre in John Street, Bradford, at 11.15am before making its way through Tyrrel Street, Bridge Street and into Centenary Square.

A plane will follow the route of the parade pulling a giant England flag before circling the city centre for about an hour afterwards.

Also taking part in the parade will be members of the Royal Society of St George as well as Addingham, Allerton and Iqra primary schools.

The Queensbury Scout Band will provide the music along with The Real Macaws. Coun Godward said: “We encourage everyone to join in the celebrations and we will be handing out flags along the route.”

Once the parade has reached Centenary Square the St George’s flag will be raised at about 11.30pm followed by speeches by the Lord Mayor and the Bishop.

Church bells across England will be ringing out between 6pm and 6.30pm on Friday as part of the Ringing for England campaign. This new commemoration of England’s patron saint, known as Ringing for England, is part of a campaign to raise the profile of the English as a nation.

Meanwhile, the Campaign to Protect Rural England will publish a new book, Icons of England, on Friday, edited by the campaign president Bill Bryson.

Mr Bryson said: “A number of qualities set English icons apart and make them memorable. Foremost is the ability to be magnificent while having no evident purpose.”