Whatcom fans embrace a The Force Awakensa

With the first showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Bellingham on Thursday evening, Dec. 17, Whatcom County residents got into the spirit with costume parties, showings of the previous six “Star Wars” films, and lining up to get into the theater. One such costume event took place at Cascade Pizza on 2431 Meridian St., where owner Pete Primbas showed “Return of the Jedi” Thursday afternoon before heading off to see the latest installment in the Star Wars saga.